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PAGE 6—THE NORTH TEXAS DAILY
Wednesday, November 4,1981
Photo by BILL JONES
GETTING PHYSICAL—Hal Wilkerson, assistant physical plant director,
celebrated his birthday Friday, complete with a bellydancer. Helen Nor-
ren, the dancer, performed for Wilkerson and friends at the Physical
Plant.
Integrated rooms
fulfill desegregation
Bv JAC QUE JOHNSON
Daily Repocrter
In January 1956, NT quietly
registered its first black undergraduate
student and became the first integrated
Texas college. The most personal aspect
of educational desegregation is a reality
today at NT — black and white dor-
mitory residents who choose to live
together.
Evelyn Smith, black, and Heidi
M unson, white, are one example.
At the beginning of the 1981 fall
semester. Smith lived with a white room-
mate and Munson with a black room-
mate. Two weeks ago, they both submit-
ted a room change asking to be with
each other.
"We chose each other for living
habits, not color,” Munson said. “Color
had nothing to do with it at all.”
Smith said a black and white living
together doesn't instantly have to be a
problem, but that it’s made a problem
because of background and environ-
ment.
“My dad was in the Air Force,” Smith
said, “and as we traveled, I had a lot of
contact with many whites and blacks.
We accepted each other like fellow
human beings as we should."
Munson said she is from a small town
with a very few blacks, with whom she
went to school with from the time she
was young.
“I never really thought about pre-
judice," Munson said, “and maybe that
was because blacks lived in their
neighborhood with their friends, and t
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Alice Marshall confirmed the 9-pound black, brown
and white mongrel was aboard.
Piccolo, the casual offspring of a rat terrier and a
chihuahua, has been hanging around the Hudson River
piers for nobody knows how long.
Tom Eiocca, a tugboat deckhand, said Monday that
after work he and his cohorts usually repair to their
favorite tavern near the West Side docks.
It's Piccolo’s regular haunt too. He lolls outside at
day’s end. greeting his pals as they arrive from the
waterfront But he didn't show up Saturday.
According to Eiocca, the men put in a shore-to-ship
call to the liner, and the chief security officer promised
to look around and see if Piccolo was aboard.
Two hours later, Eiocca said, the QE2 called back
and reported the mutt was aboard, safe, and bound for
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Psychologist studies prevalence
Abuse affects one child in five
lived in my neighborhood with mine.
"It wasn't like segregation or dis-
crimination, but I think the black stu-
dents were more comfortable with
blacks and the white students with
whites," she said.
Betsy McGuire, assistant director of
housing, said the department doesn't
make room assignments based on race.
“W e don’t know a person's race from
the housing application,” McGuire said.
“If there is a problem when a black and
white are together and wish to be
moved, we will work with them if there’s
flexibility.”
Communication will frequently solve
problems between black and white
roommates, McGuire said. The depart-
ment trains resident assistants to take a
pro-active approach to a racial problem,
she said.
“We feel there is an educational role
we can play,” McGuire said, “so the
staffs can head off problems before they
become serious.
“At the beginning of the spring
semester, there will be a seminar on
racial relations and racism for the RAs
to help them deal with racial problems.
The problems aren't one-sided or just
between blacks and whites.”
Smith said the older generation’s
thoughts and prejudices from the Civil
War are still in the minds of the
American people. “But these are disap-
pearing, which is good,” she said.
“But blacks don't want to forget that
period, just like Americans don’t want
to forget World War II, so it won’t hap-
pen again,” Smith «airl
By LIBBY MCMAHON
Daily Reporter
One of five children is a victim of in-
cest, estimates Dr. Susan Van Buskirk,
of the NT psychology department.
For the last year, Van Buskirk has
been researching the prevalence and
ramifications of incest in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area.
“I was dealing with many women who
had incidents of incest in their histories.
I was appalled to discover there was no
help available to them in this area. There
is help for children, but not for adults
who had to live with incest as children,"
Van Buskirk said.
Van Buskirk developed group therapy
sessions to help women who had been
victims of incest. She began the group
sessions two and a half years ago and the
sessions have since beer cn ■ ' ‘H r
another year.
Van Buskirk said that the estimates of
the number of incest victims has been
steadily rising. However, she stated that
rising estimates Ho not necessarily mean
that the incidents of incest are increas-
ing. Increased awareness of the problem
of incest may be one of the reasons that
more incidents are reported. The greater
availability of treatment for victims is
another reason for increased incident
reports.
“SOCIETY is simply becoming more
and more aware of the problem," she
said. "We are beginning to realize that
incest is much more widespread than we
first thought."
Van Buskirk said that incest comes in
a variety of forms; however, female
children are usually the victims and
fathers or step-fathers are usually the
perpetrators. The incidents of male
children being abused are much fewer.
"We’ve found that if a male child is a
victim of incest, the child is usually sub-
jected to some form of homosexual
abuse. It appears that male children are
ibused much less often than females, but
the incidents reported could just be
less," she said.
Many myths surround the problem of
incest. One of the more common is that
incest is rare, and when it does occur it is
confined to certain areas of society. Van
Buskirk said from what she can deter-
mine from her research, incest occurs in
all socio-economic areas of society.
“Many people think incest is
something that only happens in rural
areas of the country, and that simply is
not true. Incest occurs in every area of
our society," she said.
OTHER MYTHS ABOUT incest are
that the child seduces the adult and that
incest actually has no ill effects on the
victim. Van Buskirk said that both
myths contain no truth.
“People often think incest occurs
■vhen a child is a budding adolescent and
is therefore partly responsible, but we
have found that incest occurs at a much
younger age — (sometimes) at about
five yeais old. Children don't unders-
tand enough at that age to even attempt
to seouce an adult That is simply the
adult projecting motives onto the child's
actions,” she said.
Van Buskirk said many people believe
that if society did not react negatively to
incest, it would not have any ill effects.
Van Buskirk said incest has ill effects
since it breaks down family systems and
generational boundaries within a
society.
Van Buskirk said there are many ways
to tell if a child is a victim of any type of
abuse, including incest. If a child seems
withdrawn, or moody and seems to have
decreased socializing or is prone to day-
dreaming, something could very well be
wrong, she said.
"IE AN ADULT sees that something
is bothering a child, he should not im-
mediately jump to the conclusion that a
child is being abused but should make
an attempt to find out what’s wrong,”
she said.
If a mother sees that being alone with
the child’s father is upsetting the child.
she should try to find out why. Van
Buskirk said that if a child is a victim of
incest, the child should tell a teacher,
counselor, or school nurse. I he adult
should in turn report the incident to the
Department of Human Resources.
“If a child tells an adult that she is a
victim of incest, the adult should be will-
ing to believe the child. Incest is very
rarely a product of a child’s imagination.
Children just do not think like that,” she
said.
Van Buskirk also said that incestuous
abuse does not end as the child grows
older, but simply continues until the
child leaves home. If the child never
leaves, the abuse continues indefinitely,
she said.
ALTHOUGH INCEST occurs in
every economic and social area of our
society, it does seem to affect a certain
type of family, explained Van Buskirk.
“Incest often occurs in a family where
the father is a very rigid and strict
authoritarian, and the mother is subser-
vient to the father. Although the family
often keeps up a good front to the com-
munity, it is very often quite isolated
from the rest of society. In many cases,
the father feels the children are his
property, and there is no reason why
they shouldn’t be used to satisfy his
needs," she said.
Van Buskirk explained that in many
cases, all the children in a family are in-
cestuously abused although each child
does not know that the other siblings are
victims. Often, the primary motive a
father has for abusing the children is to
gain power over them, said Van Buskirk.
The children are powerless against the
father, and the mother is often powerless
to protect the children.
ONE OE THE problems in dealing
with incest is that the victims often do
not feel there is any place they can go for
help. Victims often feel that it was their
own fault they were abused, and so they
have a very poor picture of themselves.
“Victims often think that -.ince n
doesn’t happen to everyone, it must be
something they did wrong or that they
arc bad or it wouldn’t have happened to
them. This leads the victim to have very
low self-esteem, and that affects all areas
of their lives. Eiven if they could forget
they were victims of incest, you can t
function very well if you don’t feel good
about yourself,” Van Buskirk said.
Victims often need some type of
therapy to help them deal with the
problem. The victims have to learn that
the incest was not their fault and that
they have right as an individual. Victims
are often treated like they are property,
and they have to learn that they have a
great deal of worth as human beings,
said Van Buskirk.
“That is why therapy helps an in-
dividual, because after they can talk
about it with someone and realize that it
didn’t just happen to them, they begin to
realize that they have some value as a
human being. Unfortunately, it
sometimes takes a long time and no one
can recover alone," she said.
VAN Bt skIHK v\ii» that women
who are victims of incest also have a
hard time trusting others and that they
feel different from others. Victims also
have a hard time asserting themselves
since they feel they have no rights as a
person.
Van Buskirk said incest victims have a
hard time dealing with spouses since vic-
tims often have difficulty with sexual
relationships.
"I have received letters from many
husbands whose wives were victims.
They are often quite angry that this hap-
pened to their wives, and they want to
know what to do since it is so difficult to
deal with," she said. Often husbands and
wives simply need to communicate well
enough with one another so that a hus-
band understands his wife’s feelings.
Van Buskirk said that with therapy
the effect incest has on a person's life can
become less intrusive, but if a victim
doesn’t talk about the problem it won’t
just go aw ay.
Gunter heads
philosophers
Dr. Pete Gunter of the philosophy faculty was
recently selected executive director of the national
Foundation for Philosophy of Creativity.
Gunter’s appointment as director of the organiza-
tion, which is located in Carbondale, III., was made two
weeks ago by the 20-member board of directors.
Gunter has been working and contributing to the foun-
dation since 1967.
The foundation sponsors four philosophical societies
of creativity that meet concurrently with Eastern,
Western and Pacific divisions of the American
Philosophical Association, and with the American
Academy of Religion, Gunter said. The societies deal
with the place of creativity in philosophy and religion,
he said.
The foundation sponsors research, articles and dis-
cussions on creativity and its place in certain
philosopher's works, he said. The group looks into the
philosophy of creativity in various sciences. Gunter
said he is interested in exploring creativity in physics,
thermodynamics and many other sciences.
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