State Health Department Counseling Program Touted

Tuesday, November 28th 2006, 2:24 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state Health Department official says an all-male education program is helping change the attitudes of men about sexual assault on college campuses in Oklahoma.

Steve Nedbalek told a legislative task force Tuesday he's optimistic the agency's "Man to Man" education program is attacking the problem of sexual assaults on women on campuses.

The program started in 2004 with the goal of changing attitudes toward rape and helping men understand what constitutes sexual coercion.

Figures from the Justice Department show one in about 35 women experience rape or attempted rape in an academic year and 90 percent are acquainted with the offender.