In Battle To Stop Sexual Assault, Young Men Emerge As Allies
from The Christian Science Monitor
At noon on a Monday this past April, Alex Stepanek and some of his brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon set up a big seesaw in front of the student union at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. For 24 hours, they took turns tipping up and down to draw attention to their yearly Sexual Assault Awareness Week events and their giant jar to collect money for a local crisis shelter. "The biggest response we get is, 'You guys are a fraternity. Why are you doing Sexual Assault Awareness Week?'" says Mr. Stepanek, now a junior. "Someone thought that we were making a joke out of it ... and we just explained [that] victims of sexual assault don't stop being affected by the event ... so the least we can do is seesaw for 24 hours."
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