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Sexual Violence Lecture at MSSU Offered Free to Community Tonight

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    A lecture at Missouri Southern State University calls attention to sexual violence and how the language we use could be encouraging it.

     The director of "We End Violence" brought a message of sexual violence prevention to students this morning and to the public tonight at 6:30 pm in Corley Auditorium on the MSSU campus. It's a call for a change to the culture of the community.

Playing the song, Animals by Maroon 5, Jeffery Buckholtz demonstrated how song lyrics and other media encourage a culture of sexual violence.

“You know you want it.  You know you want it. Sound creepy yet,” says Buckholtz about a song by Robin Thicke that was once number one on the charts.  

MSSU Aquatics, Wellness and Prevention coordinator Heather Arnold says, "If you are not hearing those songs, not watching those program and in the back of your head thinking, ‘Hey! That’s not right, there’s a problem with this,’ then that’s a sign your mindset has been changed in a way that’s not very good."

Buckholtz says, "There’s a lot of things that encourage sexual predators including the idea that they're entitled to sex with women."

Buckholtz is all about changing the typical community mindset.

 He says, "It’s incumbent upon us to make clear that we do not think like them. We do not think taking advantage of someone when they're passed out drunk is an acceptable behavior."

It's a frank talk about what is consensual sex. Buckholtz encourages students to simply ask the question, “Do you want to have sex?”

MSSU sophomore Trenton Moeller admits, "There's a huge lack of communication around college students."

 And they talk about the labels given those who have sex. 

 "Sluts," the crowd answered. It’s a shocking word often used and misused.

MSSU Sophomore Elizabeth Burken says of the sexual labeling, "The man is praised for it and the women is degraded which is really sad. And it makes people feel to shamed to come forward to say this isn't ok and this has happened and I  don’t  know what to do." 

According to MSSU crime reports, sexual violence only represents one percent of all campus crime and one percent of crime at residence halls.  But police believe it’s under reported. and they want to be proactive  at prevention by adopting a new program called green dot system.

MSSU Police Chief Ken Kennedy explains, "You put up a big map and green dots means somebody has actually    stepped up and prevented something and red dots mean they didn’t."   

Buckholtz tells students their actions matter and they agree.

Burken said, "It doesn't have to be something extremely loud. It can be private.  I think you're making her uncomfortable, making him uncomfortable. It’s not just about women."

        A public presentation by Buckholtz and "We End Violence" is being held tonight on campus. Buckholtz says victims should not be ashamed to report assaults.

      To report sexual violence you call Lafayette House in Joplin toll free at 1-800-416-1772.

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