San Antonio, TX- The brothers of the Beta Mu chapter of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, recently hosted a peer-led workshop at Our Lady of the Lake University, coinciding with Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“It is always good to have these kinds of events because a lot of people of our community are victims of sexual assault. We wanted college students to be more knowledgeable about this topic” said Michael Garcia.
During the event, brothers split attendees into discussion groups and served as peer leaders and moderators of the conversations. The main topic of conversation was that of consent: what it is and the different forms it can take. The discussion groups also covered the topics of rape culture, victim blaming and the debunking of myths surrounding the issue of sexual assault.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one in five women and one in sixteen men will experience sexual assault while in college. Ninety percent of victims will not report the incident at all. Another study, coordinated by the United States Department of Justice, found that thirty five percent of college student respondents did not report a sexual assault incident because it was unclear to them whether a crime had been committed.
Beta Mu chapter found the incidence of sexual assault to be alarming and wanted to bring much needed awareness to an issue that takes place and has become an epidemic on college campuses around the nation.
As April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, many events were held throughout the nation that brought light to this issue that typically lacks coverage. In addition to the discussion groups, Beta Mu chapter partnered with the Center for Women in Church and Society.
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About Omega Delta Phi
Omega Delta Phi (www.omegadeltaphi.com) is a multicultural service/social fraternity that aims at graduating its members while giving back to the community. The Fraternity has established itself on over 60 campuses and continues to grow every year. Although founded mainly by Latinos, the Fraternity has traditionally always been open to men of different backgrounds, as demonstrated through its “One Culture, Any Race” philosophy.