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Fraternities help raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence

Posted September 18, 2014

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— In light of recent domestic violence incidents involving NFL players, a local organization is using college fraternity members to help raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence.

“There's nothing more powerful than having your friend or another man say to you, ‘this is not acceptable behavior,’” said Jake LaRoe, president of the interfraternity council at N.C. State University. “Nothing is more impactful than that.”

Fraternities4Families, with the help of Greeks at N.C. State and other schools, has donated money and supplies to the Durham Crisis Response Center, which helps survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.

Tammy Donald, the center’s director of marketing and project development, said the ongoing national conversation about domestic violence has made it safer for survivors to come forward.

“We're finding now people are reaching out to us in a variety of ways, everything from Facebook to email to the website, to our crisis line,” she said. “We have our 24-hour crisis line as well and so the call volume has gone up.”

Charles Ullman, an attorney who started Fraternities4Families in the Triangle, said his goal is to have young men talking about sexual and domestic violence and educating them about it before it happens.

Ullman, with more than 20 years practicing domestic law, said he has had clients die from domestic violence.

“I thought if I can get to a male group, like fraternities, at the colleges was really a natural place to reach people that would be in my office 20 years later,” he said.


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  • 678devilish Sep 19, 2014

    Women should absolutely leave these men alone. They are not all of that. Don't go back to a man who has continued to abuse you. Many women do. Why because they are desperate women who just have to have a no good man in their life. Maybe one day they will wake up and get the pic and move on to a decent man who would never strike a woman.

  • btneast Sep 19, 2014

    3)Nothing has been done to change the culture which this is embedded in. You have touched on the secret to any change of this nature. Legislation doesn't do diddly....society as a whole has to not only change its perception of it, but also how they view/treat those that participate in it....and those that are victims of it. Its a very slow process that takes years.

  • heard-it-all-before Sep 19, 2014

    sounds like this attorney needs more customers

  • nobodyknow420 Sep 19, 2014

    this is like drug dealers fighting the war on drugs.

  • Tammy Rush Sep 19, 2014
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    So doesn't it make sense that fraternities raise awareness if they're a big part of the problem?

  • Brandon White Sep 19, 2014
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    One right now we have a very vague standard on what is SEXUAL or DOMESTIC violence? Obviously any kind of physical force falls into the standard. My concern is we always do the irresponsible thing and nothing changes.

    1) enact vague law which can be selectively enforced
    2) pat ourselves on the back that we have done something.
    3)Nothing has been done to change the culture which this is embedded in.
    4)75% of AA's are born out of wedlock without a male presence. They are never taught how to treat a woman.
    5) Problem still persists, but we sweep up people who should not be charged with sexual violence or domestic assault. look at the Landen Gambill case at UNC.
    6) The people who will make changes are the ones who were not a problem in the 1st place.

    Now, where can I rearrange those chairs on the Titanic?

  • ncprr1 Sep 19, 2014

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    Yes, just the boys.. Please moms and dads, keep your daughters in the dark and don't teach them anything about self respect. Let them figure that out when they go out on their own. Right Hans?

  • trafalgerfountain Sep 19, 2014

    Ban all frats and watch the stats.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 19, 2014

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    Well, in his defense, fraternities aren't exactly known for treating women with respect.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Sep 19, 2014

    “There's nothing more powerful than having your friend or another man say to you, ‘this is not acceptable behavior,’” said Jake LaRoe, president of the interfraternity council at N.C. State University. “Nothing is more impactful than that.”

    I second that emotion. If we refuse to accept this and any other kind of ridiculous behavior and hold people accountable for their OWN actions, we will succeed

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