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Teaching young men to fight rape culture

Sadly, the recent allegations at Notre Dame are all too familiar. According to one survey, as many as one in five female college students will experience a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault before she graduates. In most cases, the perpetrator is one of her male classmates. Now, there are plenty of programs, books and self defense classes that set out to teach women how to stay safe on campus. But we rarely hear about what’s being done to teach college aged men to not be a sexual predator. There’s a relatively new program in north suburban Gurnee called “Unmasking Masculinity,” and its goal is to “rebuild what it means to be a man.” The program was developed by Danielle Gordon, who’s with Gurnee’s Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. She joins the program to talk more about how young men can change themselves to root out rape and sexual assault.

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