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Jfrotestors
upstage CIA
rep. talking
to students
BY KELLY FEENEY
Daily Staff Reporter
Protestors drowned out a CIA rep-
resentative who attempted to tell Law
students about the agency's intern-
ship program Friday afternoon.
About 20 members and support-
ers of the Latin American Solidarity
Committee sponsored the protest at
the Law school.
Michael Vega, a CIA representa-
tive, attempted to present an informa-
nal session to about 15 students
interested in working for the agency,
but was upstaged by protestors un-
happy with CIA policies and covert
actions in Latin America.
Protestors contested the appropri-
ateness of allowing the CIA, an "un-
just" organization in their eyes, to
distribute information on campus.
"We can't keep the CIA out of
ntral America, but we can keep
em off our campus," was the slogan
used by protestors.
Sam Copi, an LSA junior and mem-
ber of LASC, asserted, "It's common
knowledge that the CIA tortures
people. It's responsible for countless
disappearances, murders and tortures."
Vega was on campus to talk about
an internships and career possibilities
in the CIA. Vega worked in a two-
@ar CIA internship following his
graduation from the University's Law
school. He didn't have an opportunity
to speak because two minutes into his
presentation he was bombarded with
verbal attacks.
"How do you feel about represent-
ing murderers?" asked one audience
member.
When given the chance to speak,
3ga reaffirmed the mission of the
ency. "The CIA is a gatherer of
non-publicly available information for
U.S. policy making," he said. Vega
repeatedly insisted that his goal for
the meeting was to speak to interested
students and not to speak of specific
incriminating incidents the protestors
link to the CIA.
Audience members interested in
hearing Vega were angered by the
*otestors. "Why don't you let him
speak? It's still the First Amend-
ment," retorted one man frustrated
with Vega's inability to speak over
the shouts of the protestors.
John Paraschos, a first-year Law
student, yelled back at the protestors,
"You're not bad for your ideas, but
for not letting him speak."
Christa Williams, a first-year
dical student, shouted from the
ience, "That's the problem!"
Williams, who earlier said she
came to the protest because "the best
place to stop things is at the source"
said she feels CIA recruiting is mis-
leading and corrupting.
"When they are recruiting they
tell people all the good things to get
them into the system. Once they are in
the system then they indoctrinate them
do horrible things and to have a
disregard for human life."

SOUND OFF

Counselor offers
advice to help
rape survivors

KRISTEN SCHAEFER/Daily
Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band performs Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre.
Safewalk recruits to satisfy demand

By FRANK C. LEE
Daily Staff Reporter
In an unprecedented move, Safewalk and Northwalk
are conducting midterm recruitment for more volunteers
in light of the high demand for nightly escorts.
"We've been averaging 65 to 70 walks a night," said
Eric Kessell, a Safewalk co-coordinator. "As far as I
know, we've never had an organized recruitment and
training sessions in the middle of the term until now."
The increase in walks requested is attributed in part to
a highly publicized search for a serial rapist, who is
believed to have raped three and killed a fourth victim in
Ann Arbor. The suspect is also believed to have been
involved in six attempted rapes.
With the growing pressure on current walkers, Kessell
said, "If anything else were to happen on campus, we
would be completely swamped."
Safewalk and Northwalk are organizations that pro-
vide an alternative to walking alone at night. A co-ed or
all-female team equipped with walkie-talkies will accom-
pany a person to any location within a 20-minute radius of
the Diag and Bursley Hall, respectively.
"We really shy away from being thought of as a
bodyguard-type service," Kessell said. "The wayswe
protect our walkers and 'walkees' is ... that no one is ever
walking by themselves, including the walkers."
Students interested in volunteering should apply in

20-MINUTE RADIUS
If you're wondering how far a "20-minute" radius is
from the Diag or Bursley, here are a few pointers:
For Safewalk: For Northwalk:
North: Fuller Road North: Willowtree-
East: Oxford Street East: Hayward Drive
West: Main Street West: Baits Drive
South: Packard and D&* h: Glazier Way
person at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center (SAPAC), to schedule an interview and fill out an
application form. Interviews will be conducted this
Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
"Before we train anyone, there's a group interview,"
Kessell said. "Basically, it's just to get an idea as to
whether we feel comfortable in having them as walkers.
to see how they interact with other people."
The application form is used by the Department of
Public Safety to run a background check - to see if there
is any reason why a person should not become a volunteer.
The last step in the process is the training.
"We go over basic procedures - as far as what to do
when a walk comes in ... also to give them a little bit of
an idea as to things they should or should not do to make
a 'walkee' feel comfortable," Kessell said.
For more information on volunteering contact
SA PA C at 763-5865.

By RACHEL LASKY
For the Daily
How should you react if someone
you know tells you they were sexu-
ally assaulted? This was the focus of
"Friends Helping Friends," an infor-
mal lecture to roughly a dozen audi-
ence members that was part of the
10th annual Sexual Assault Aware-
ness week.
Elaine Berenson, a counselor for
the Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC), an-
swered questions and gave advice on
ways friends and family can support
and help a survivor of sexual assault.
SAPAC defines sexual assault as
"any form of sexual contact obtained
without consent through the use of
intimidation or threat of violence."
To be a supportive friend or partner,
one needs to be knowledgable about
sexual assault, Berenson said.
According to SAPAC statistics,
three forcible rapes occur every minute
in the United States. One out of four
college women are victims of sexual
assault.
In 80 percent of the cases, the
assailant is known to the victim. "You
have to have the tools in order to use
them," Berenson said.
Berenson said many survivors of
sexual assault experience "Rape
Trauma Syndrome." They start off in
the acute crisis phase - immediately
after the attack, the rape survivor is
disorganized, disoriented and often
unable to cope with everyday life.
She was careful to stress, how-
ever, that "there is no one picture of a
survivor," and that reactions can vary.
Survivors often experience a wide
range of emotions including fear, de-
nial, anger and loss of concentration.
Eventually, the survivor is generally
able to return, at least outwardly, to
what their life was like before the rape.
However, something may later

trigger a memory from the rape, and
send them back to the Acute Crisis
stage.
Berenson aimed her lecture at
supporters of victims as well. Sup-
porters should not ignore their own
feelings as unimportant compared to
those of the victim, she said. Al-
though they may not want to add their
feelings to a victim's own pressure,
supporters may need to talk to some-
one about how they feel.
verenson said the supporter often
feels a sense of victimization them-
selves. They are angry at not being
able to control what happened to a
friend or family member.
Berenson said the supporter
wants to make sense of senseless
violence and put order back into a
disordered life. The natural instinct
is to take care of or try to save the
victim, she said.
But SAPAC stresses that this
is the wrong approach. After the rape,
the victim feels that they have lost
control and it will make them feel
helpless if someone tries to take over
their lives for them.
Berenson said it is important for
the supporter, as well as the victim, to
talk openly about how they feel. She
said to believe the survivor when
they talk about what happened and to
be respectful of boundaries survivors
might have.
She said supporters should listen
to the survivor and provide them with
information, but not take charge or
make decisions for them.
Moreover, remind the survivor of
their strengths, Berenson said. Since
this trauma has become the focus of
their lives, remind them of the other
wonderful things they have done, or
are able to do with their lives.
"Healing is a lifelong process,"
Berenson said, for both the survivor
and their support system.

Author promotes cult abuse awareness, CARE orgamzation

By KELLY MORRISON
For the Daily
The public is ignorant of the activities of
Satanic cults due in part to attempts by media
and law enforcement to cover up evidence of cult
activity, journalist and author Daniel Ryder said
Saturday in an effort to promote public aware-
ness about ritual cult abuse.
CARE Inc. (Consulting, Advocacy, Re-
sources, and Education), an organization dedi-
cated to helping survivors of ritual abuse,
sponsored the acclaimed author, journalist and
ritual abuse survivor to host the seminar, and
to announce the opening of its new Ann Arbor
office.
Speaking at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in
Ann Arbor, Ryder said, "Satanic symbols in the
media affect kids," and "it becomes glamor-
ized." He accuses the media of portraying sus-
pected cult members as upstanding "Christian"
citizens.
Ryder said he was a victim of Satanic ritual

Organization dedicated to
helping survivors of ritual
abuse opens Ann Arbor office.
abuse as a child . He said the "brainwashing and
mind control that goes on in the cults is very
sophisticated." Survivors often have "debilitat-
ing, long-term, psychological problems," he
said.
The torture methods used in ritual cult abuse
cause dissociation, multiple personalities and
repressed memory, Ryder said.
"Some people will tell you that the phenom-
enon of repressed memories is bogus," he says,
but "a very young child will repress memories
until it is safe to deal with them."
Ritual abuse in Satanic cults is closely asso-
ciated with child abuse. Ryder cited instances of
child abuse in day care involving "watching
animal and baby sacrifices, drinking blood" and

"praying to the devil." He recalls from his
youth, "Anytime someone was the focus of
attention at a cult ritual, they were sexually
abused, tortured or killed."
As a child, he said he was "constantly tied to
a bed in the attic with snakes" by his mother, a
high priestess in a Satanic cult. He said other
aspects of cult abuse include beatings, blood
lettings, sodomy and "needles under the finger-
nails."
Satanists are "not just kids who've listened
to one too many Metallica albums," Ryder said,
but rather "some real sophisticated sick people
who were probably victims themselves." He
says Satanists can be preachers, dentists or law
enforcers who "believe they gain power from
the flesh."
Also, he said, "A number of consistent hate
groups are starting to congeal with Satanic cults."
CARE hopes to use consultation, national
seminars and networking across the nation to
give support to victims of cult abuse. Jo

Getzinger, CARE vice president, said, "Sup-
port has made a big difference. We've been
able to help survivors." She said CARE aims to
have "a national directory of resources soon."
Eileen Aveni, a CARE representative, said,
"People need to be trained to respond to survi-
vors."
Other goals of the organization include es-
tablishing multiple safe-houses for cult victims
and forming a task force to help mobilize ritual
abuse legislation in the state of Michigan.
Aveni asserted, "There is (cult) activity that
goes on in this community, and it is more
insidious and involved than I ever imagined it
would be."
CARE will try to reach many victims of
ritual abuse in Ann Arbor by educating the
public and training therapists and counselors to
deal with ritual cult abuse survivors.
For more information, write CARE Inc. P.O.
Box 6007, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48106 or call
(313) 971-1160.

Cemetery tour a scream, of corpse

By MAGGIE WEYHING
Daily Staff Reporter
Every Halloween since 1978, Ann
Arbor historian Wystan Stevens has
ven informal tours of the Forest Hill
emetery, located behind Stockwell
and Mosher-Jordan residence halls.
"I found that people wanted some
sort of Halloween event so I went out
there (Forest Hill Cemetery) one day
with a map and looked at every stone
and singled out those that were bi-
zarre and interesting and had stories
to tell. I also decided to concentrate
on citizens of the past," Stevens said.
The tour, which begins at the front
of the cemetery and ends at the very
back by the Arboretum, lasts 2 1/2
hours and includes a narrated tour of
the historic cemetery whose first
burial, that of Benjah Ticknor, dates

back to 1859.
"Ticknor was an owner of an old
farm which was located on Packard
Road. He was a famous graduate of
Yale who became a Navy surgeon.
While he was a surgeon, he kept a
manuscript of his adventures,"
Stevens said.
Other prominent Ann Arbor citi-
zens who are buried in the cemetery
include a former U.S senator and four
University presidents. Highlights of
the tour include the grave of-former
Ann Arbor Mayor William Maynard,
who committed suicide in 1866. The
tombstone of Eligha Walker, one of
the first 24 settlers of Ann Arbor,
dates back to 1827 - at that time the
city was only three years old. One
tombstone includes a statue of a man
dying under a sawmill.

"Back in 1858 a man was trying to
load a log at the old sawmill that used
to be at Packard and Hill. He slipped
and the log landed on his chest,"
Stevens said. "His widow decided to
have his grave stone depict the way he
died.
"Although he is not buried in the
cemetery, there is a cenotaph dedi-
cated to the first man who left Ann
Arbor in search for gold. He traveled
from Ann Arbor to Cincinnati, down
the Ohio River to the Mississippi all
the way to New Orleans. Before he
ever reached gold, he died of ma-
laria," Stevens said.
The last tour will be offered this
Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission for
adults is $8. Children are admitted
free. For reservations, call 662-5438.

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