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Apr 11, 2013

Date Safe Project program draws huge crowd at DelVal

DelVal students helped plan the program

 

On April 9, about 500 Delaware Valley College students turned out for the “Can I Kiss You?” program presented by The Date Safe Project.

At the event, which brought out nearly one third of DelVal’s 1600 full-time undergraduate students, participants learned about topics including: consent, bystander intervention, supporting survivors of sexual assault, and creating a cultural shift.

Miriam Torres, director of the Student Health and Wellness Center, was moved when she read emails from students after the event.

One male student emailed her to say that the information presented would be “beneficial for the remainder of his life.”

She said she is proud to see the students on campus embracing the fact that the culture needs to change.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and educate our students regarding important issues around sexual health, sexual assault, consent, the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the ability to give consent, and bystander intervention,” said Torres. “I feel passionate about educating our students on these issues. I’m so proud of our students and how they represented themselves at this event. They understood the message that was delivered to them and the seriousness of it. They really got it. I’ve already had students tell me that we should bring it back next year.”

The “Can I Kiss You?” program works closely with college campuses across the U.S. to change the nation’s approach to dating, respect and intimacy in a positive way.

Students heard from Mike Domitrz, founder of The Date Safe Project and the critically-acclaimed author of "May I Kiss You?” at the event.

Check out what our students had to say about the program in this video.

The event was part of DelVal’s third annual Sex Education Week. The week educates students about topics including sexually transmitted infections, sexual assault, respect, healthy relationships and more. On April 17, the College will be offering a free presentation by Dr. Jessica McCall on rape culture.

The events were a collaborative effort by groups across campus.

“We’re doing this together for the good of the whole,” said Torres of the planning process.

The educational programs were made possible by the Liberal Arts Department, Students for Diversity, Inter Greek Council, Resident Student Association, Athletics, Student Affairs, the Center for Student Professional Development, the Student Health and Wellness Center and Public Safety.