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The Michigan Daily-Monday, February 1, 1988-Pagea5

SAPAC trains
new volunteers
to prevent rape

By VICKI BAUER
As long as rape remains a silent
issue, change will never be made, a
coordinator of the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center
(SAPAC) told new volunteers at a
training session last week.
Through small discussion groups
and role playing, SAPAC trained 60
new volunteers to help educate the
community about rape and sexual
assault. Last term there were about
45 volunteers.
"We trained the volunteers to give
them the feeling that they can talk to
people about rape and educate people
about it," said Volunteer Coordinator
Audrey Haberman. "We want to
challenge people's attitudes and want
people to challenge their own atti-
tudes."
THE DISCUSSION groups,
facilitated by 15 returning volun-
teers, focused on clarifying the
"myths and facts about rape," and
emphasized that rape prevention is
both a women's and men's issue,
Haberman said.
"It's a movement where women
need to empower women, and men
need to empower men," Haberman
said. "Men and women need to have
a dialogue going on with each other,
but also within the same sex. Men
can educate men in a different way
than women can educate women."
LSA junior Alyson Lichtenberg,
a new volunteer, said the discussions
were effective in training and educat-
inig volunteers.
"I liked the discussions, and I
liked the fact that it wasn't only a
women's group. We all came to-
gether because of sharing similar
concerns - wanting to be educated
and to be able to inform more peo-
ple," Lichtenberg said.
LICHTENBERG volunteers
four hours a week through the Prb-
ject Outreach Program, receiving
two credit hours. She decided to vol-
unteer at SAPAC because she has
known women who have had bad
experiences. "It was a subject that
was always on my mind, but I didn't
know quite what to do," she said.
Lichtenberg said the training
Marcuse may
file civil suit
(Continued from Page 3)
cause.
Students called for Patrick's arrest
at a second protest last month at Di-
rector of Public Safety Leo Heatley's
office and at Laidlaw's office in City
M all. A warrant against Patrick has
not yet been issued by the city
attorney.

clarified the issues for her person-
ally, as well as preparing her to dis-
cuss rape and sexual harassment with
others.
Peter Lipson, a new volunteer and
LSA junior, said that many of the
male volunteers joined because they
have known someone who has been
raped.
"People don't realize what a wide
spread problem (rape) is," he said. "I
was forced to think about why I was
there. We were made to feel that
(men) could do something."
THE VOLUNTEERS are
working on four projects throughout
the semester: producing the SAPAC
newsletter, planning for Sexual As-
sault Awareness Week in April,
canvassing door to door to educate
the community about rape and sex-
ual assault, and organizing weekly
discussion groups about rape and
sexual assault.
"It's a very personal issue and a
lot of people don't feel comfortable
talking about it," Haberman said. "A
lot of people are defensive about it.
Men will say, 'I'm not a rapist; it
has nothing to do with me.' Women
may feel it's a very personal thing."
Haberman said a common myth
about rape is that rapists are
strangers. Haberman cited statistics
showing that nine out of ten rapes
are acquaintance rapes, where the
victim knows the rapist.
THE VOLUNTEERS also
learned safety precautions to give
women the freedom of walking alone
at night if they choose.
"We asked the women in the
room how many were told not to
walk alone at night - every one of
them raised their hands. If something
happens to you, it's not your fault.
Women should not have to stay
locked up at night," Haberman said.
To prevent assault, women
should walk confidently and look
men directly in the eyes, she said.
Also, if assaulted, women should
scream and physically fight back.
Men, she said, are encouraged to
cross to the other side of the street
when walking towards a woman at
night.

Photo by KENNETH DINTZER
Presidential candidate Pat Robertson rouses his supporters during the Republican State Convention Satur-
day. Robertson backers called a separate convention in protest over an alliance between the forces of Vice
President George Bush and Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.).
Lc-k of unity weakens GOP

Doctors
condemn
mercy
kill1ing'9
CHICAGO (AP) - A young
physician who wrote an essay
describing a decision to inject a
deadly dose of morphine into a
terminally ill patient has been
condemned by colleagues who called
the action unethical and illegal.
A gynecology resident told how he
ended the life of a 20-year-old cancer
patient in an article titled, "It's Over,
Debbie," in a recent issue of the
Journal of the American Medical
Association.
"It was a gallows scene, a cruel
mockery of her youth and unfulfilled
potential. Her only words to me
were, "Let's get this over with,"'
wrote the physician, who said he had
never seen the patient before the
night he ended her life.
The Chicago-based journal has
received a flood of letters protesting
the essay, said Dr. George Lundberg,
the magazine's editor.
Lundberg and his staff believe - but
have not confirmed - that the essay is
based on an actual event. The
doctor's name and hospital were
withheld at his request.
Some experts say the actions
described were both unethical and
illegal, but'Lundberg said a growing
acceptance of physician-assisted
euthanasia prompted him to publish
the essay over objections by
members of his staff.

(ConiUmd frome Page 1)
regulars and former television evan-
gelist Pat Robertson's religious fol-
lowers, many of whom are working
in their first political campaign.
THE FIGHT came to a head
this weekend at the Republican state
convention when hours of arguing
lead conservative members of the
party to walk out of the convention
and hold a separate meeting. Robert-
son's followers claimed they had
been stepped on, while other dele-
gates criticized the Robertson's sup-
porters for not working within the
political process.
According to LSA junior Deborah
Buchholtz, head of the College Re-
publicans and a delegate from the
third district, many conservatives are
convinced that Bush is unelectable.
In an effort to open the door to other
candidates, the motto of the Kemp-
Robertson coalition was "anybody
but Bush." The conservative candi-
dates were determined to deal the
Vice President a loss in Michigan, a
state Bush won in his 1980
presidential bid.
The state party chose to have the
convention early in the campaign in
an effort to give Michigan Republi-
cans the maximum impact on the
primary process in New Hampshire
and Iowa. Instead, the state gave all
Republicans a taste of the trouble
that seems destined to arise in a post
Reagan era.

..

ROBERTSON'S supporters
shot the first volley by taking con-
trol of the party two years ago.
While other candidates were laying
the groundwork for their campaigns,
Robertson was able to call upon his
Republican
Campaign '88
loyal viewing audience. Political
disagreements turned to resentment
when Robertson's followers tried to
change party rules concerning the
redrawing of district lines. Even
supporters of conservative Jack
Kemp, most of whom are long time
party members, were annoyed at the
idea of newcomers entering the party
and running over the rules.
Lola Patterson, a Kemp delegate
for the national convention, com-
plained that Robertson supporters
weren't dedicated to building the Re-
publican party. She said "They have
tunnel vision, they work for only
one thing right now. As soon as this
thing is over maybe they'll come on
board and be great party people -
that would be just terrific."
BUCHHOLTZ said some Bush
supporters were .happy to see the
Robertson people walk out of the
convention.

BUCHHOLTZ points out that
there is a necessary give and take in-
volved in planning a presidential
platform, "Politics is compromise."
Still, without their votes Republi-
cans may have a difficult time win-
ning a hotly contested Presidential
race.
Robertson himself, while
protesting the outcome of the state
convention, made a gesture for party
unity. Robertson said, "as far as the
party is concerned once the battle is
over...then we will draw together, all
the members of this party, from ev-
ery persuasion, we will find a brac-
ing struggle against the Democrats.
This fall will be a great healer of our
wounds...there should be charity to-
wards all and malice towards none."
Perhaps the Republican party can
come together, but it will take some
work and some time. Wounds don't
heal well in politics.
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Dr. Mark Siegler, professor of
medicine and director of the Center
for Clinical Medical Ethics at the
University of Chicago, called the
action described in the essay a case of
"active, direct killing."

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