MTSU hosts interactive event to combat ‘The Hook Up’ culture

An event set Wednesday, Oct. 14, at MTSU aims to use humor to help students understand that rape is not funny.

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“The Hook Up,” an interactive sexual-assault prevention program, is slated for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public.

A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16. A special one-day parking pass for visitors is available online through the MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.

The facilitators of “The Hook Up” use humor and audience participation to drive home the point that rape is not just a hook-up that went wrong.

Chicago-based Catharsis Productions, which provides the program, claims it draws from intervention research by clinical psychologist and forensic consultant Dr. David Lisak.

“We are doing this to provide a baseline for what great intimacy looks like and empower bystanders to become ‘upstanders’ and intervene,” information at the Catharsis website notes.

“The Hook Up” is sponsored by the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students, MTSU Athletics, the MTSU Nonviolence Committee and the Distinguished Lecture Fund.

For more information, contact the June Anderson Center at 615-898-5812 or jacwns@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)