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Contact: Angey Saucier
Date: 3/22/04
 
“PROJECT SAFE CAMPUS” SPONSORS PROGRAM FOR MEN ON STOPPING SEXUAL ASSAULT
      HAMMOND -- Donald G. McPherson, executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, will present “You Throw Like a Girl,” a free lecture for men only on stopping sexual violence, March 29 in the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Union Theatre.
      Featured as part of the university’s Project Safe Campus and 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott M. Perilloux’s “Rape Crisis Program,” McPherson will discuss rape myths, current resources on sexual assault and rape crisis programs.
      “Men must challenge the attitudes of other men to make a difference,” said McPherson. “Remaining silent passes down the behavior and allows it to continue.”
      McPherson has gained national attention for his presentations on violence prevention to more than 100 college campuses. He has been featured on MTV, “O” magazine and the “Oprah Winfrey” show. He is a recipient of the 2003 Frederick Douglass Men of Strength Award, presented by the Washington, D.C. organization Men Can Stop Rape, and the Creative Vision for Women’s Justice Award from the Pace University Law School Women’s Justice Center. 
      A graduate of Syracuse University, McPherson compiled 22 school records as a football quarterback from 1983-1987. In his final season, he led the Orangemen to an undefeated season. In 1988, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and has since played for the Houston Oilers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough-Riders. He has been a game analyst for ESPN, BET and NBC, covering collegiate football from 1999-2002.
      McPherson has been active in the Family Violence Prevention Fund, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the U.S. Department of Justice, among others.
      Project Safe Campus, an initiative to promote safe and responsible behavior among Southeastern students, is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs with the goal of encouraging students to “be smart and be safe.”
      For additional information, contact Carol Magendie, assistant to the vice president of student affairs, at cmagendie@selu.edu.