The Charleston Police Department, in collaboration with local colleges and organizations, will hold a training session next week to bring awareness the perils of alcohol and sexual assault.

The police department teamed up with the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, the Art Institute of Charleston and Charleston Southern University.

The training will be led by Citadel cadets, who are currently using a program on their campus.

The men's program is an all-male, peer-education program on sexual assault. It has been implemented in other colleges and universities, rape crisis centers and military units.

It's a training workshop designed to teach the physical and psychological trauma associated with rape, how men can help their women friends recover from rape, and how they can become part of the solution.

The program has evolved and now includes a set of companion instructional material for men's and women's programs.

The training is targeted to students from multiple local colleges and police officers, who will then teach the program.

The collaboration developed after Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen began discussing the issue of sex assaults involving college students and alcohol in June 2012 with the area colleges, according to police authorities.

The session will be held at the Charleston Police Department, 180 Lockwood Blvd., in the training room on Feb. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.