AC’s CoSAS holds forum about sex and sexuality

February 23, 2012
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This past Tuesday in Caine, the Committee on Sexuality and Safety (CoSAS) hosted a forum. Along with CoSAS, Safe Place, Not For Sale, The Institute of Ethics, The Catherine Cobb Domestic Shelter, The Multicultural Programs, Women’s Studies, and The Criminal Justice Department all contributed to this event.

The purpose of this event was to inform students on how to handle certain situationsinvolving sex, sexuality, or safety, whenever they may rise.

“Birth control is still completely effective when taken with alcohol. If a condom breaks, you want to take Plan B, which can be purchased at any pharmacy, and should be taken within the first 12 hours of unprotected sex,” said Dawn Marsh, who is Adrian College’s nurse.

“Lenawee County does not have a Planned Parenthood, though they have the Care Pregnancy Center, which encourages pro-life choices and will help you with your decision.”

A portion of the form was also dedicated to discussing questions about sexuality.

“The Bible doesn’t say much about homosexuality, however there is a passage in Leviticus 18 that you can look up. It is a great debate amongst Christians, as to how to interpret this passage,” said Chris Momany, Chaplain and director of church relations at AC. “The Bible isn’t completely clear on how far is too far, however, Hebrews 13 states that intercourse is only to be in the bounds of matrimony,.”

The issue of coming out of the closet was also discussed.

“Most people that are thinking about coming out are worried about how people will view or judge them, but the person they decide to entrust with their secret normally already knows. The important part it to choose someone you completely trust,” Momany said.

Other questions that were talked about involved safety on campus. One of questions that was brought up was; “What should you do if a friend has been raped?”

“If you know a friend who has been raped, sit down and talk to [them]. Let [them] know that it’s okay to call Campus Safety, or even 911. It is important to get evidence from the rape processed within the first 12 hours,” said  Peter Breckner, director of Campus Safety.

Another issue that was brought up during the forum was how likely one person is to be assaulted by another person.

“There is no person who is more likely to be assaulted [than anyone else],” said Breckner. “Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I want to get raped.’ Just take the proper precautions; don’t walk alone at night around campus or downtown.”

This forum was an eye-opening experience for students who had not previously known such information.

“I didn’t know that alcohol didn’t affect birth control, that was interesting,” said freshman Breon Canady. During the open question section, students asked why AC stopped doing the Clothes Line Project.

“The Clothes Line Project sounds like a great idea. I think AC should bring it back,” said freshman Chelsea Barker.

The Project was done so students who have been raped or sexually assaulted could anonymously write their story on a shirt and hang it up in the student center.

“In order for AC to be a stronger community, we should know and try to understand each other’s pain,” said sophomore Danielle Whitley.

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