Safety First! (A Safe Sex Talk)

by: Stephani Narvaez

 

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(From Left to Right: Cara Mackler, Jordyn Wilson)

 

 

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 cara.m@wcogd.org.)

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

womenscenter@wcogd.org General Email

www.wcsu.edu/womenscenter Women’s Center of Greater Danbury On-Campus at Western Connecticut State University

https://twitter.com/WCofGD Twitter

https://www.instagram.com/thewomenscenterdanbury/ Instagram

https://www.facebook.com/The-Womens-Center-of-Greater-Danbury-140116302702053/ Facebook

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpzQ1PuDxUNYw0v91aWjT7w Youtube

 

WCOGD Midtown Campus Location and Number:

Higgins Hall Annex, Room 105-C

(203) 837-3939

 

WCODG Westside Campus Location and Number:

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 300E

(203) 837-3939

 

WCOGD Main Offices Off-Campus Location and Number:

2 West Street, Danbury, CT

(203) 731-5200

 

WCOGD 24-Hour Hotlines:

Sexual Assault: (203) 731-5204

Domestic Violence: (203) 731-5206

 

*ALL services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL*

Clothesline Project: Bringing Awareness to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

By Elizabeth Phillips

If you happened to walk by the Student Center at Western’s Midtown campus on last Tuesday March 21st, you may have been asked if you would like to decorate a t-shirt. This was the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury’s Clothesline Project. Inspirational messages and pictures were drawn by students on white t-shirts and then hung in the student center for all to see. Their hope was for the messages on the shirts “to inspire others,” as Campus Counselor/Advocate Jill Daddona explained.

As of today, the shirts are still hanging in the Midtown Student Center lobby.

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In 2007, Western Connecticut State University and The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury signed an agreement for the Women’s Center to provide domestic violence and sexual assault outreach services to the Western community. Through projects, such as the Clothesline Project, they hope to trigger other students into reaching out for help and knowing that they are not alone with what they have endured. The Women’s Center’s main goal: “To stop violence and bring support to survivors of domestic violence,” as Child and Campus Counselor/Advocate Melissa O’Connor stated.

They offer support to not only victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but also to those who have family members who have been victims, as well as anyone who has been affected. Further, the center is not simply for women, but men too, and every age is welcome. The counselors are there to help and everything is kept confidential.

If you are a victim or know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and would like to meet with one of the counselors they are located on the Midtown Campus in Higgins Hall Annex room 105 C and on the Westside Campus in the Campus Center, 3rd floor, room 300E. For more information on the center, its counselors, and the programs and support they offer, visit their web site – http://www.wcsu.edu/womenscenter/.

24- hour hotline:

Sexual Assault: (203)-731-5204

Domestic Violence: (203)-731-5206