Statistics posted on the White House’s 1 is 2 Many website tell a startling story: One in five young women is sexually assaulted while in college. President Obama, Vice President Biden and Hollywood actors including Daniel Craig appear in a new PSA aimed at sexual assault prevention.

UNCG is promoting healthy relationships with a new program called BRAVE — Building Responsible Advocates for Violence Education. BRAVE is funded through a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

“We are taking a new approach with BRAVE, a bystander approach,” says Jeanne Irwin-Olson, associate director of UNCG’s Wellness Center. “We want to teach people, both men and women, how to intervene and how to discourage things that might support a rape culture.”

BRAVE is an education and advocacy training program to build a network of allies throughout campus. BRAVE program focuses on all forms of interpersonal violence. including abusive dating relationships (physically/sexually abusive and psychologically abusive), sexual assault (particularly among acquaintances), stalking and harassment.

Training sessions for students, faculty and staff are Sept. 19, Oct. 20 and Nov. 14. Register at

For more information, contact Jeanne Irwin-Olson at 336-334-3079 or