CSM Football Team Pledges to Stop Domestic Violence

College of San Mateo issued the
following news release:

Over 100 young men on the
College of San Mateo
football team are going to
participate in a workshop and sign a pledge against domestic
violence, particularly violence against women this Thursday,
October 7 at 6 P.M. at the
Football Team House, Building 30 on
the
College of San Mateo campus.

Dr. Marla Lowenthal will lead the workshop and pledge which will
focus on how to deal with these situations. Former super bowl
winning San Francisco 49er, Darryl Pollard
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Pollard), will also speak to
the players about working through these issues from a professional
athlete’s perspective, which will help to eliminate future
incidents (like the current rape allegations against suspended
Pittsburgh Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger).

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and unfortunately
athletes tend to be overly involved in cases of date rape at
colleges and
universities. This event is an
attempt to address that issue and teach the young men what rape is
and how they can help prevent it, keeping themselves and their
buddies out of trouble.

The focus will be on commitment to non-violence against women
and prevention, for there are things the young men can do to
prevent sexual assaults, like the one in 2007 for which the De Anza

College baseball team got in
trouble.

The Army, interestingly enough, has a new program called I. A.M.
Strong (Intervene, Act, Motivate), which is attempting to eradicate
sexual harassment and assault in the Army. Sexual assault has
become a major problem in the military for both men and women and
is particularly heinous when done downrange in Iraq and Afghanistan
causing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and effecting readiness. The
idea is to stop the behavior before things escalate to rape.

People have the misconception that rapists are hooded crazies
who jump out of bushes. These make up only 5% of rapists, while 95%
are people that the victim knows – friends, teachers, preachers,
and family members. We can help combat this problem through
educating our young men and women about what rape is and ways of
intervening. The program at CSM is one such attempt.

The Domestic Violence Workshop is part of an ongoing Life Skills
Development program run by the CSM coaching staff. The program
focuses on life skills such as leadership, goal setting, and
mentoring helping their athletes to win on and off the field. Other
components of the program involve ongoing development workshops and
a speaker series. The goal is to help the Bulldog student-athletes
grow to become good citizens and positive role models in our
society. The Bulldogs are currently 4-0 and ranked #2 in the
Nation.

If you have any further questions, please contact Tim Tulloch,
assistant
football coach at
tullocht@smccd.edu Cell 650-642-1101.

Contact: Coach Tim Tulloch, 650/642-1101, tullocht@smccd.edu

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