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10/16/2003 Linfield College brings author on consent to campus for discussion

McMINNVILLE ? Mike Domitrz, author and entertainer, will speak on dating, communication, respect and sexual assault awareness for students Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

Domitrz has been touring college campuses for over a decade with his thought-provoking views on relationships and everything that goes along with them. He set out to enlighten students in 1989 when he received news that his sister had been sexually assaulted. From there Domitrz researched the issue of sexual assault and dating on college campuses and formed a fun and interactive program focusing on why "asking first" makes all the difference.

The presentation will also include discussions on myths and stereotypes when it comes to dating, the fear of rejection, consent, the role that alcohol plays in sexual assault and why talking is the most important part of a relationship. Throughout, Domitrz will involve the audience through quizzes, games and role-playing situations.

"I love interacting with each audience of students," he said. "Right from the start of the presentation, I tell students 'I hate lectures! Consequently, every minute I spend with you is from your perspective, not mine.' We interact, we share, we laugh, we have quiet moments and then we change!"

"Can I Kiss You?" is a free discussion and open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield's Sexual Assault Task Force. For more information, call 503-883-2435.