Raising awareness of sexual health

SAIT and SAITSA are coming together for the fourth annual Sexual Awareness Day to encourage safe sexual health on campus.

“[The event is] taking away the stigma associated with sex,” said Shona Sutherland, communications coordinator for SAITSA.

The day will include information and representatives from SAIT’s Student Development and Counselling Services, Student Support Centre, and the Student Resource Centre.

“Sexual Awareness Day has an important connection to issues of sexual assault,” said Michael Sondermann, associate registrar and director of student services at SAIT.

“Men in healthy sexual relationships don’t sexually assault others and understand issues of consent and boundaries.”

According to the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, 39 per cent of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual assault after the age of 16.

In 2015, SAIT and Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) began a collaboration to raise attention to sexual violence and created a sexual assault policy on campus. It was the first collaboration between CCASA and a post-secondary institution.

In a previous interview, Sondermann said the age range of students on campus, generally late teens to mid-to-late twenties, is a group that is tremendously at-risk for sexual assault.

Through the policy and outreach programs on campus such as Sexual Awareness Day, students have an opportunity to learn where to go when they need help.

In addition to providing resources, the expo will have a number of games and activities to teach students about safe sex, as well as offer free condoms.

Sexual Awareness Day will take place on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in the Irene Lewis Atrium of the Stan Grad Centre.

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