September 2010


Holly A. Frink – Interpersonal Violence Awareness Intern

Hello, fellow advocates! Hope your semesters are off to great start. This is my second semester interning with the Women’s Outreach Center, my first Fall, and our programs are tremendous. It has been so busy around here with all we have going on.

We are preparing for Rape Awareness Week. This week-long campaign begins the 27th of September, the Monday prior to the October 2, Saturday, or OU vs. TX. Right now I am personalizing SPF-15 Spearmint lip balms for our fight against sexual assault. We will be tabling in the union, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm giving them away for FREE along with some other handouts.

Rape Awareness Week intends to acknowledge the fact that college students are at particularly high risk of sexual assault. The US Dept. of Justice reported in 2008 that 1 in 6 college students experience rape or attempted rape.

We encourage students to STEP IN and SPEAK OUT against sexual assault. If you are witness to a situation that could potentially lead to a sexual assault, an effective way to prevent it is for an uninvolved bystander to step in. Here are some things you can do:

DIRECT: If a girl gets drunk at a party and you see a guy escorting her away from the crowd, STEP IN. Tell him she’s with you; you’ll take care of her. She doesn’t need to be out of sight of the rest of her friends.

DISTRACT: Stay with them and try not to let them out of sight. Jump in, even if it makes you feel awkward or rude. Be rude. Change the subject and lead her away from the guy.

DELEGATE: If these don’t work, delegate the responsibility to someone who may be in a better position to help. Tell her friends that she needs to leave or call the police. Legally, if she is drunk she cannot give consent to sex.

Remember, rapists usually don’t want to get caught more than they want to commit rape.

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Come stop by the office on the second floor of the union anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm to see how you can get involved, grab some free protective goodies, or say hello to our awesome staff!

Have a wonderful week!

We’ve had a few people come into the office this past week to get involved and volunteer with the Women’s Outreach Center. We’ve had a few questions about what you can volunteer for or how that process works, so here’s some information for everyone about how to get involved:

We host a variety of events throughout the year that educate and support students through multiple issues. Whether you’re handing out information about breast health at a table in the Union, distributing ribbons for Ally Week, helping us organize Take Back the Night, or performing in the Vagina Monologues, your time served directly affects your fellow students and your own campus experience.

Volunteer opportunities are available during school hours, nights, and weekends. Volunteer duties range from handing out information or setting up an event to welcoming guests at our formal events. Students also have opportunities to apply for our volunteer peer educator positions, perform in awareness raising events, or serve on advisory committees for our department. If you’re looking for a small commitment to fulfill service hour requirements or want a semester long project to make your mark, we have what you’re looking for – as long as you want to make a difference!

Calls for volunteers are made through our emailing list and Facebook groups. You can add yourself to our email list by sending a request to woc@ou.edu and you can join our group at www.facebook.com/ouwomensoutreach. If you have any questions or want to learn more about these opportunities, feel free to email us at woc@ou.edu or drop by our office, room 247 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Verification of volunteer hours served is available upon request. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call us at (405) 325-4929 or email woc@ou.edu

As of 9/8/10, we need volunteers for the following events:

Freshman Week – Get freshman involved with our center and give them vital information about these issues!

Monday 11-2 Register to Vote

Tuesday 11-2 Breast Health

Wednesday 11-2 Volunteer Outreach

Friday 11-2 LGBTQ Programs