On Feb. 13, Health and Wellness Services, in partnership with the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), will present “Take Consent to Heart.”
Scheduled to go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Event Center on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, the event will help students learn to address issues surrounding safer sex, including getting consent, communicating, relationship building and how to put on a condom.
“Consent is saying ‘yes’ to an action. If I don’t say ‘yes’ or a form of ‘yes,’ then it is not consent,” says Tatiana Burton, Health Promotion Program Manager. “That is what a lot of people don’t understand.”
“Take Consent to Heart” will feature different stations where students will be able to look at scenarios and decide whether or not consent has been given in those scenarios.
“We try to teach at least four different skills,” says Burton.
The skills include abstinence, how to be intimate without sexual intercourse, how to talk about sexual intercourse and relationship building in general.
According to Burton, it is important for people to know how to respect each other in a relationship.
Students can always get help with relationship issues and sex education at the Health and Wellness centers on campus.
“If you want to bring your partner in, we can go through how to talk [to each other] together,” says Burton.
Being comfortable talking with your partner about sex should happen before you have sex.
Condoms will be available at the event. They are also available at the Health and Wellness Center as part of the Condom Co-op – 15 pleasure condoms are $5 or the Mega-Box with 55 condoms is $15.
The Health and Wellness Center also offers Sexually Transmitted Infection testing and recommends that everyone gets tested with his or her partner.
“Take Consent to Heart” is part of the Health and Wellness Center’s Love Your Body Month.