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Though statistics show one out of five women will fall victim to sexual violence, a student organization hopes to decrease those numbers, starting with SUNY Plattsburgh.
No More! is aimed at decreasing that statistic by putting the gender that most often causes violence at the forefront of the fight.
“The mission of No More! is to create a campus community free of violence by increasing male participation in ending sexual and relationship violence,” said Dr. Brian Klocke, No More! faculty adviser and assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice.
|Members of No More! pose for a group picture prior to a weekly meeting. Members are, from left: (top row) Clayton Campbell, Jeff Sevey, Bobby Sheehan, Jill Mann, Hillary Whelden, (bottom row) Brooke Perry and Natalie Spiess.|
The group was originally called Real Men and operated under the same premise as No More! Initially, it gave men a place to speak out, but eventually the organization transformed into a forum for both men and women who wanted to speak out against sexual and domestic violence.
President Bobby Sheehan said the idea behind the club is that student-to-student education is the best way to get the message across. As a result, No More! offers various activities and lectures that allow students to come together with club members to discuss the issues.
“A lot of times we try to figure out how we can reach people without acting like a blunt instrument,” Klocke said. “How can we meet people where they are and get them to think and challenge them to look at these issues in a deeper way?”
No More! also partners with Plattsburgh-based groups in an effort to reach out to the community. A regular partner is STOP Domestic Violence, which the club partnered with for a one-man production that filled Krinovitz Recital Hall in December 2010.
For Sheehan, those partnerships are crucial since they are mutually beneficial and help students feel a sense of community.
NoMore! is not alone in its efforts. For instance, the President’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault recently submitted its recommendations for changes that it hopes will prevent assaults and help survivors as they report the crimes.
In addition, there are plans to put a “help” link on My.Plattsburgh.edu, providing easy access to information about sexual assaults as well as other urgent matters.
“We are also in the process of hiring someone to do a lot of education with students,” said Dr. Lynda Ames, sociology and criminal justice professor and the college’s Title IX coordinator. Title IX is protection under the law against student sexual harassment. “This person will concentrate on more than sexual violence, but that topic will be a huge part of that person’s job.”
To learn more about NoMore! contact Brian Klocke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 564-3305.
For more information on the college’s efforts or to report suggestions or concerns, contact
Office: Hawkins Hall, Room 151
Phone: (518) 564-3303