Author Mike Domitrz to Discuss Healthy Relationships, Dangers of Sexual Violence St. Thomas Newsroom September 13, 2011 Mike Domitrz Mike Domitrz, speaker and author, will give the 2011 Fall Welcome keynote address, “Can I Kiss You?” with two presentations on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Everyone from the St. Thomas community is invited to attend either presentation. Students unable to attend their assigned session are asked to attend the other session. The schedule: 4:30 p.m. – presentation to commuters and residents of John Paul II, Brady, Murray, Morrison and Selby halls, and SYE apartments and transfer houses 7:30 p.m. – presentation to residents of Dowling, Ireland, Cretin, Grace and SJV halls Domitrz will give a hilarious, high-energy and interactive program on healthy relationships, dating and intimacy. Do you get fed up with all the “games” people play in dating and with hooking up? While some games may seem entertaining, dating games can lead to confusion and even danger. “Can I Kiss You?” will show you how to eliminate the games by saying exactly what you want. You will discover how raising the level of respect between you and your partner actually heightens the romance. Domitrz is author of May I Kiss You? (2003) and Voices of Courage (2005). Learn more on Domitrz’ s website. Attending the keynote is an excellent first step to educating yourself about the topic of healthy relationships and the dangers of sexual violence – but there are plenty of opportunities to learn more. When sexual violence occurs, it threatens the health and safety of our entire community. This is too large of a problem to confront on our own. We need your help in making St. Thomas a safe place for all of our community members. Please take a moment to review the university policies, reporting options, and additional resources listed below. Even if you don’t need them right now, it’s important that you are prepared to help a fellow community member if anyone ever tells you they’ve been hurt. UST resources University Policy on Sexual Violence Confidential places for help: Personal Counseling and Student Health Service Places to report sexual violence: Dean of Students and Public Safety To join the Sexual Violence Prevention Programming Committee, email co-chairs Birdie Cunningham or Drew Puroway. Community resources Confidential places for help RAINN (Rape, Assault, and Incest National Network) Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County Sexual Violence Center of Minneapolis Places to report sexual violence United Hospital Emergency Room, St. Paul (651) 241-8755 Regions Hospital Emergency Room, St. Paul (651) 241-3584) Hennepin County Medical Center Sexual Assault Resource Service, Minneapolis (612) 873-5832 Local police departments (911 in an emergency) Additional information National Public Radio recently aired a story about the prevalence of sexual assault among college students and the challenges to reporting this crime. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has news releases and information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month national activities. The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault has information about upcoming events, how to provide support to victims and survivors, and ideas for prevention. The American Association of University Women has a website dedicated to the eradication of sexual violence on college campuses.