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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