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‘Got Consent?’ Theme for College’s Sexual Responsibility Week

A series of educational and entertaining events, stressing responsibility and sound decisions in intimate relationships, will mark Pennsylvania College of Technology’s observance of Sexual Responsibility Week (Feb. 21-26).

“This year’s theme, “˜Got Consent?’ is a strong reminder to students to talk openly about sexual boundaries with their partner if they choose to have a sexual relationship, especially if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” said Kristi L. Hammaker, health and fitness specialist with Penn College’s Student Health Services.

She said it also is important to remember that almost 90 percent of rapes are not committed by strangers, but by a friend, date, classmate, neighbor or relative.

“In party situations, if one chooses to drink alcoholic beverages, one should be careful to monitor their own beverage to make sure no one puts GHB (“˜date rape drug’) or another drug in it,” Hammaker said. “All individuals should closely monitor the type and amount of alcohol, as well the duration of time between drinks. It’s about taking responsibility, making safe decisions and watching out for your friends.”

While many of the related activities are intended specifically for Penn College students, the public is welcome to attend two of the week’s events.

Tuesday, Feb. 23 Mock Rape Trial 7-9:30 p.m.; Presentation Room, Student and Administrative Services Center“Consensual Sex or Rape? A Mock Trial,” a simulated prosecution focusing on the alcohol-facilitated sexual assault of voluntarily intoxicated victims, is designed to bring attention to the issue of so-called “date rape” or “acquaintance rape.” The trial and accompanying educational tools will show how perpetrators use alcohol to facilitate sexual assault and will help refute myths about voluntarily intoxicated rape victims.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 “Take Back the Night” Walk 8-9 p.m.; Madigan Library, Main Entrance “Break the silence, stop the violence.” Join Penn College faculty, staff and students as they hold a candlelight walk to support the elimination of sexual violence specifically violence against women. A special presentation, valuable information and refreshments will be provided at the end of the procession in the lobby of the Student and Administrative Services Center.

Activities are sponsored by Student Activities, Student Health Services and The Sexual Responsibility Week Committee at Penn College.

For more about Penn College, visit online , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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