Only with Consent: SDSU teaches sexual assault prevention class
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Over the holiday break, members of fraternities and sororities at San Diego State had to take an online sexual assault prevention class and now, the entire Greek community and others on campus are in the middle of a week of action, education and change.
After more than a dozen sexual assaults last fall – many of them allegedly happening in frat houses – the message is clear: Get a yes before you move forward.
“That’s the most important thing, that you are getting consent and you are going through the motions in the right way not just trying to rush something and being inappropriate,” said Coltin Solari, a student a SDSU.
This resource expo and clothesline project is part of a week of events to raise awareness about sexual violence.
Many said it’s about holding their friends accountable for their actions.
“Sometimes you have to let people make their own mistakes but you also have to be there for them to show them the right way, offer moral support be a good sister, be a good friend,” said Allyson Mocha, a student at SDSU and a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.
This week also includes survivor stories.
Jasmin Enriquez was raped her first year at Penn State.
She bravely started the organization, “Only with Consent,” and she said those who come forward don’t need to be judged, they need to be heard.
“If I were to share their story with you as a first person and you were to tell me it was wrong and why was I there, I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing with other people,” Enriquez said.
SDSU health educators instruct the frat manners classes.
All the more poignant now, in this “re-building” semester, is the ability to recognize the signs of potentially sexually violent situations.
“Maybe something is totally benign, and people are making out on a couch, nothing wrong with that but were they drinking, are they intoxicated, is someone being more aggressive, you should be watching out for those things,” said Stephanie Waits, a health educator at SDSU.
Eden Cooper pledged the brand new Pike Fraternity on campus last semester. He said he and his new brothers cannot change the past, but they can dictate the future.
“The guys we are starting to bring in, we are much more meticulous in the quality of people because we can’t have slip-ups, can’t have one creepy guy, we don’t allow any of that,” Cooper said.
Out of the more than a dozen sexual assaults reported on campus last fall, only one person was arrested. Charges against him were dropped.
Survivors say that does not mean victims should stop coming forward.