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‘Women on Wednesdays’ talk to address how to help a sexual assault victim

From Staff Reports

“Someone you know has been sexually assaulted … How can you help?” is the focus of a presentation in East Tennessee State University’s “Women on Wednesdays” lecture series on Nov. 2.

This free public talk, sponsored by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program, will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the presentation room of the Multicultural Center, located on the second level of the D.P. Culp University Center.  A light lunch will be provided.

In her presentation, Dr. Judy McCook, a professor in the ETSU College of Nursing, will discuss sexual assault prevention and what to do and say if someone reports a sexual assault.  She will also talk about the role of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program nurse, advocates, counselors, and ETSU Sexual Assault Response Team members who partner to provide care and support.

McCook has been a faculty member at ETSU for 19 years, teaching graduate, undergraduate and professional students.  In the College of Nursing, she is the faculty advisor for TNeCampus family nurse practitioner students and serves on the Interprofessional Education and Research Steering Committee.

McCook came to ETSU from the University of Michigan, where her research focused on women’s health.  She investigated menstrual cycle neuroendocrinology and examined the interaction among hormones, behavior and environment that impacted reproductive outcomes, specifically female infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness about the research, scholarship and community engagement that women at ETSU are doing; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies.

Upcoming ETSU speakers in this series include Dr. Dorothy Greene of the Department of Social Work on Feb. 1; Donna Lockaby Morrow of Student Support Services on March 1; and Lindsey Devine, women’s volleyball coach, on April 5.

For more information, call Dr. Phyllis Thompson, director of ETSU Women’s Studies, at 423-439-4125. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.