by: Stephani Narvaez
Students being sexually active in college is not likely a shock to anyone. Resident Assistant, Jordyn Wilson, a sophomore at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) majoring in Criminal Justice with a focus on Correctional Law, organized a student event called “Got Consent?” on Tuesday, October 2nd, in residence housing, Pinney Hall. With guest speaker, Cara Mackler, an assault prevention educator from The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, they educated the resident students on how to have sex the “right way,” meaning consent and including a discussion of sexual assault.
“I believe everybody on campus has sex, but nobody really knows what it means to be having consensual sex,” said Wilson on the subject of sexually active college students at WCSU. “We need to know how to have safe sex, know our resources, know who’s there if we get sexually assaulted.”
When it comes to having sex, Mackler discussed how consent is important to obtain. She spoke about the “Yes Means Yes” movement, explaining that “[it] is a new movement about waiting for someone to say ‘yes’ before continuing to have sex.”
Mackler also spoke to the Pinney Hall residents about different ways victims may respond to sexual assault, stating how “victims’ responses are different.” An example of a possible victim response she gave to the audience was how “someone might engage in more sexual activity after the assault, to regain the control that was taken from them when they were sexually assaulted.”
Examples Mackler provided on how to properly help sexual assault victims were suggested, such as asking victims questions such as, “Are you ok?” or “How can I help?”
She ended the event with a true and false quiz, assuring we left the room informed.
Currently, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury hosts “Girl Talk,” a free and confidential support group for women on the WCSU campus, which meets every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, in room 105-C in Higgins Annex on the Midtown Campus. It is not too late to sign up!! (For more information email Cara Mackler at email@example.com.)
The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, a nonprofit organization, provides free and confidential services including domestic violence and sexual assault services, individual and group counseling. They help not just women, but any gender as well. Their main office is located at 2 West Street, Danbury, CT and right here at the mid-town campus in Higgins Hall Annex, Room 105-C.
WCOGD Websites, Social Media, and General Contact:
www.wcogd.org Main Website
firstname.lastname@example.org General Email
www.wcsu.edu/womenscenter Women’s Center of Greater Danbury On-Campus at Western Connecticut State University
WCOGD Midtown Campus Location and Number:
Higgins Hall Annex, Room 105-C
WCODG Westside Campus Location and Number:
Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 300E
WCOGD Main Offices Off-Campus Location and Number:
2 West Street, Danbury, CT
WCOGD 24-Hour Hotlines:
Sexual Assault: (203) 731-5204
Domestic Violence: (203) 731-5206
*ALL services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL*