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Release: Aug. 30, 2001

SAFEWALK seeks student volunteers

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Concerned about safety on campus? SAFEWALK, the student-run volunteer organization that provides a campus-wide walking escort service for students, staff and faculty, is currently seeking University of Iowa students to become members of their campus escort team. The first training session for interested students will be Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Women's Resource and Action Center (130 N. Madison St.), and Monday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Michigan Room (#351) of the Iowa Memorial Union. The training session will familiarize students with the daily operations of SAFEWALK, as well as provide volunteers with valuable knowledge about sexual assault issues.

SAFEWALK is funded by the University of Iowa Student Government. Volunteer escorts trained in dealing with issues of sexual assault and campus safety accompany students, faculty and staff members who would otherwise walk alone. Volunteers may also assist with and participate in special events, such as self-defense workshops and the annual "Take Back the Night" rally.

SAFEWALK would not exist without the efforts of dedicated and trained volunteers. SAFEWALK coordinator Stephanie Soileau says, "Every semester we need more than 30 volunteers to keep SAFEWALK available and reliable. People who call SAFEWALK are counting on our service, and every volunteer who dedicates just three hours of her/his week for a shift makes a tremendous difference."

For more information about becoming a SAFEWALK volunteer, contact Stephanie Soileau at (319) 353-2500, or stop by the Women's Resource and Action Center for an application.