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USU Aims to Teach Students, Prevent Violence with Sex+Respect Week

Herald Journal Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

During a lecture to Utah State University students on Tuesday, David Schramm recalled a time he was trying to put his kids to bed that resulted in an unexpected lesson. After the assistant professor and Family Life Extension specialist asked his little ones to settle down several times, he opened the door to his room thinking he’d have to tell them again. Instead he found a note, which he shared with students. It read: “Thanks a lot. I know it can be hard being a mom or dad, but you’ve got to stick with it. But don’t worry, we still love you.” The letter’s message, the USU professor and Extension specialist told students, is one way to sum up healthy relationships — one of the topics discussed during the university’s Sex+Respect week. ... Sex+Respect is just one of numerous efforts USU has deployed on sex, bystander intervention and healthy relationships since last year, when the school was rocked by allegations from several women — not all of whom were USU students — who claimed the university and law enforcement did not do enough in handling their sexual violence cases. In a prepared statement, James Morales, USU vice president for student affairs, stated that Sex+Respect aims to “encourage dialogue” about sexual consent and respect “so our students can help us create a positive learning environment, free from sexual violence.” ... Amanda DeRito, USU sexual misconduct information coordinator, said the theme for Sex+Respect is, as the name suggests, “respect.” ... USU senior Hannah Anderson, who attended Tuesday’s presentation by Schramm on healthy relationships, applauded the university for organizing Sex+Respect. ... Education is power and hopefully people will know how to have healthy relationships, what consent really means and how to respect people in intimate ways.”

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