FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  April 11, 2007       
CONTACT: Rhonda Williamson 361.825.2792; or Steve Paschal 361.825.2336
Women’s Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to Hold Mock Trial to Spotlight Consequences of Date Rape
Audience to determine guilt or innocence after weighing contradictory evidence

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WHO:  The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Women’s Center for Education and Service, University Students, Staff and Faculty
WHAT: Mock Date Rape Trial and Self-Defense Demonstration
WHEN:   Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: University Center, Lone Star Ballroom B&C

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It started off as a night of innocent fun for Jane, a junior at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who was on her first date with Adam, also a junior at the University. The couple passed the time drinking at a local club with Jane’s roommate Susan and Susan’s boyfriend William. But late in the evening something went terribly wrong.

Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom the audience will be the jury in the “University v. Adam” mock date-rape trial sponsored by the Women’s Center for Education and Service and other campus organizations. The proceedings, which are part of the University’s “Sexual Assault Awareness Week” observation, are free and open to the public.

Jane was drunk when the two couples left the club and returned to the campus apartment the girls shared. Susan and William said goodnight while Jane and Adam stayed up to watch a movie. Later Jane woke Susan and said that Adam, who had just left the apartment, had raped her.

Was Jane asking for trouble when she drank more than she could handle and invited Adam back to the apartment? Or did Adam take advantage of the situation to force himself upon an unwilling victim? The audience will render its verdict after the four participants each tell their version of what happened that night.

All characters with the exception of judge, bailiff and the expert witness will be played by University students. Those parts will be played by Criminal Justice Professor Melissa Jarrell, University Police Officer and University Health Center Director Deanna Mazzacco.

Following the verdict, Jacob Spicer, president of the University’s American Tae Kwon Do Club, will give a self-defense demonstration.