Anti-sexual assault group gives presentation


One in Four, a club for men aimed at preventing sexual assault, gave a public presentation in the Waterman Memorial Lounge Feb. 29.


One in Four is a nationwide organization that was brought to campus in 2013 by the group’s adviser, Keith Smith, the men’s outreach coordinator at the University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services.


“[The community-wide presentation] gives everyone an opportunity to give input,” One in Four’s president, junior Elliot DeMatteis said.


In reference to a female student who mentioned many blue lights on campus are broken, DeMatteis said, “The guys would never have told us about the blue lights so it’s things like that, you see how it’s helpful to have women present, too.”


“I thought the presentation was good,” sophomore Bela Bogdanovic said. “It could’ve been more interactive, I think.”


In the past, One in Four has presented at St. Michael’s College and local high schools, DeMatteis said.


One in Four will present for free anywhere on UVM’s campus upon request, he said.


The group is made up of men and directed toward men, according to the group’s website.


One in Four’s  focus is on providing a clear definition of rape, creating empathy for rape survivors and providing guidance for men in potential sexual assault situations, according to the website.


“[It’s important to focus on men because] heterosexual males are the primary perpetrators [of rape],” Smith said. “The group gets some flak for it but it is unique in that we specifically target them.”


Once a semester the group gives a free presentation that is open to the entire UVM community.