Elaine Pasqua, an accomplished speaker and expert who has worked with more than 500 universities across the United States, will be at Utah State University Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11-12, speaking to numerous campus groups about sexual assault, the meaning of consent and respectful relationships.
Her message will coincide with USU’s “Consent Is” campaign, which focuses on clearly outlining and defining consent for sexual activity. The campaign can be seen across campus on the university’s social media channels, TV screens and university shuttle buses; it will be in its fourth week during Pasqua’s visit.
“Sexual assault isn’t easy to talk about,” USU Student Association President Ashley Waddoups said. “But continuing to have these conversations is essential to prevent future incidents of sexual assault and keep students emotionally and physically safe.”
Pasqua will share her presentation “Unheard Voices,” which covers a wide range of topics, including clearly defining consent, sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence. Pasqua, who was a victim of a date-rape drug, will also share the stories and uncomfortable truths that victims of sexual assault face. Her message includes strategies for healthy relationships and the importance of bystander intervention to help those in risky situations.
During her visit, Pasqua will speak to student-athletes, athletic coaches and staff and student leaders, culminating in a final presentation for all students and community members Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to everyone.
Bringing Pasqua to campus is just one of the ways USU is continuing to address the problem of sexual assault and improve how it responds to sexual assault and sexual harassment reports. This event is provided by USU Athletics, the USU Student Association and USU Student Affairs.