Thank You, UVA

Thank You, UVA

Thank you, UVA! Thank you for making some new rules when it comes to parties. Ok, Great! So progress is being made with all of this awareness. And one of the gifts of the Internet is that we get our news faster than ever before and we can help make more people aware of dangerous issues. Issues like binge drinking and sexual assault on college campuses. I LOVE it that UVA fraternities are creating all of these new rules for their parties. I am not quite sure how they are going to make sure the new rules will be enforced. Rules that say that sober brothers will be guarding the stairs leading up to the residential part of the frat house and that a private security officer will be checking people in with a guest list. If that really happens, I think that will help everyone “party safely.” When I do my Alcohol Awareness Talks on college campuses, one of my points about alcohol is that it is the most lobbied, advertised drug in the world. And when it is consumed, it affects every organ in the body, which includes the frontal lobe part of the brain where we do our “logical” thinking. Which is why it’s a great practice to have sober drivers and sober brothers and sisters and chaperones when possible. However, this is just the beginning. We have all got to change our conversations in this culture. In a recent study, 1 out of 3 males admitted that they would be okay with forcing sexual intercourse on someone, but that they would not call it rape....
The NCAA did WHAT?

The NCAA did WHAT?

Penn State! Again?! NCAA did What? I thought we were making progress. I really thought that the culture here in America was truly shifting. I talk about assault and addiction all over the country. These are tough subjects. Sometimes, I’d rather be doing stand up comedy or a funny character in a play. But I believe that talking about my experiences with others will help educate and prevent sexual assault and addiction. The work I do is challenging and stressful, but extremely rewarding. The first part of my life was tough. I didn’t think I’d live to see 30. I really didn’t. Now I know that it’s common for people who’ve grown up with abuse and addiction to have low self-esteem, poor coping skills, and that sometimes it takes a lifetime to overcome the family experiences. Unfortunately, there are people who are sick and who take advantage of kids or people who don’t have the power to fight back. I get that part. I don’t condone it, but I get that people are sick and some of them do not know how sick they really are. But the place where we can make the most difference is in the rest of our society. Maybe we can’t completely stop sexual assault, but we can certainly train everyone else in our culture about how better to deal with it. NCAA did What? This was the part of the Sandusky scandal that was so incredibly upsetting to me and most people. The way in which Penn State handled it, and especially Joe Paterno, was absolutely unacceptable. I love football and I believe...

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