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According to Pentagon reports, over 80% of troops never report sexual assault because they fear retaliation. The military is working to change the way sexual assault is handled within the ranks. Mike Domitrz has been tackling the difficult topic of sexual assualt for more than a decade. He founded "The Date Safe Project" to change after-the-fact approaches that aren't focused on prevention and do little to address the root problem.
Military installations, schools and universities, faith-based institutions, state agencies, and parents alike have turned to The Date Safe Project. Mike's face-to-face approach is hailed for clearing up misconceptions about healthy dating, intimacy, consent, sex, and respect. His "Can I Kiss You" program never includes a single PowerPoint slide. Yet, it delivers life-changing insight, big impact, and capacity to interact with thousands of attendees at once.
It all began in 1989 with a phone call from Mike's sister. She'd been raped. He struggled to comprehend what had happened to her. He transferred colleges to be closer to home and his sister, and to help his family. Witnessing the pain, rage, and sadness of his parents, relatives, and friends, Mike knew something had to be done to address bystander intervention, verbal consent, respect of boundaries, decision-making, and ultimate support for survivors -- then he did it!
Mike Domitrz has been called nationwide and overseas to address all branches of the military at all levels of training. In this compelling episode, we'll talk with Mike about how he's changing the norms on military installations, and beyond.
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