Catharsis Productions teams up with college to promote a healthy and safe campus at “The Hook-Up”
BY CASEY SAMYN AND REBECCA BREAZEALE
CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR AND STAFF WRITER
To help promote the prevention of an issue before it starts, the Schoolcraft counseling department and the LGBTQI Alliance brought Catharsis Productions to Schoolcraft for a special presentation called “The Hook-Up: When it’s Hot and When it’s Not.” This interactive presentation sought to educate students on what is a healthy hook-up, a bad hook-up and what is classified as rape. Amber Kelly led the presentation in the DiPonio Room of the VisTaTech Center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and she used humor to help the audience relate and understand in a way that relates to today’s culture.
“The Hook-Up is about sexual assault education prevention. It’s my eighteenth year doing this and, because of it, I’ve been able to see that culture shift happening,” said Kelly. “More people are understanding the issue and are able to speak up about it.”
Marty Heator, the Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Relations, opened the presentation and spoke of the importance of SCCares and the importance of reporting any suspicious sexual activity that makes someone feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
“We did this for two reasons. One is to promote a safe campus that people can feel comfortable being on at all times. The other is to make sure that people know about the differences between good and bad hook-ups,” said Heator. “We also wanted to make sure that students know what bystander prevention is and how to apply it.”
Most who participated were glad that they attended, as students had much to say on the topic of consensual sex versus rape.
“I enjoyed attending the Hook-Up. It was a very well organized event with a strong message carried through. The guest speaker was someone that was easy to relate too and very charismatic,” said Samuel Berger, Vice President of the Student Activities Board. “I learned a lot about how society views hookups and how social norms can disguise misdeeds.”
The Hook-Up was an informative, engaging event that focused on the difference between a good and bad hook-up. After the presentation concluded, attendees were well versed in bystander intervention techniques and how to recognize what an offenders motives are.