Learning the subtleties of when yes means yes at Schoolcraft’s free event
BY CASEY SAMYN
CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
In today’s culture, there are different norms on dating and sex-life compared to the ideas of previous generations. People today tend to take a much more liberal stance when it comes to the topic of hook-ups.
Hook-ups happen frequently with the aid of social media, and while that is not something to be worried about, whether or not hook-ups are wanted should be. That is why the Student Activities Board, LGBTQI Alliance, Schoolcraft Counseling, Learning Support Services and the Student Relations office are presenting “The Hook Up: When it’s Hot and When it’s Not” on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. in the DiPonio Room of the VisTaTech Center.
“I think it’s something that most students should hear about. It’s important for other students on campus to know about the difference between a healthy hook-up and a bad one,” said Schoolcraft’s LGBTQI Alliance President Matthew Solomon.
The presentation will consist of the research of Dr. David Lasik and an interactive discussion with the audience. Speakers will go over the significance of language, hook-up culture, sexual assault and bystander intervention.
“Bystander empowerment is when we see someone else who is at risk of being taken advantage of, we want to help them but don’t always know how, this presentation will help teach people how to intervene safely,” said Marty Heator, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Relations at Schoolcraft.
The Hook-Up will discuss the differences between sexual assault and regretted sex, as well as what healthy, consensual sex is. Students will learn what to look for in order to stop perpetrators of sexual crime.
“I work in the student relations office and I’ve seen situations with serious misunderstandings between students. I think this experience can help people understand the difference between a healthy hook-up, regretted sex and sexual assault. It’s a problem not only in college but in all society,” said Heator. “One result of our hook-up culture in America is confusion and consent. Too often two people get involved physically and one thinks the other is giving consent while the other really isn’t.”
Students can help by learning how to decrease the community’s acceptance and lack of understanding of sexual predation. Please keep in mind that the presentation contains adult theme and language. For more information contact Marty Heator at 734-462-4604 or visit the Student Relations office in MC 110, located inside the Career Services office in the McDowell Center.