UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Grant to support sexual assault and domestic violence prevention

The Verizon Foundation presented the UNCG Wellness Center with a one year grant to support sexual assault and domestic violence prevention on campus. The grant will be used to develop and implement a bystander intervention targeting men on UNCG’s campus. Research suggests that 80 percent of college age men are uncomfortable when women are belittled or mistreated, said Jeanne Irwin-Olson, associate director of The Wellness Center at UNCG Student Health Services. They do not express their discomfort because they believe they are the only ones who are uncomfortable. Bystander intervention better equips men to express their discomfort. This strategy provides community members with the awareness, skills, and ability to challenge social norms in their community that support sexual assault and violence against women.