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Lopers Don’t Guess the Yes: Getting Real About Sexual Consent

September 10th, 2018

We’re spending the month of September talking about sexual consent – let’s get real! Discussions surrounding rape, sexual harassment, and sexual consent have gained significant recognition the last few years; and movements like “No Means No” and #MeToo have emerged in order to combat the injustice and stigma associated with these topics. So what exactly is sexual consent? Consent means to actively and mutually agree to be sexual with someone. Consenting and asking for consent are all about setting your personal boundaries and respecting those of your partner. Both people must agree to sex — every single time— for it to be consensual (Planned Parenthood, 2018). Without consent, sexual activity (including oral sex, genital touching, and vaginal or anal penetration) is sexual assault or rape. Silence or lack of resistance does not demonstrate consent. Sexual consent is always clearly communicated — there should be no question or mystery. Here are the basic characteristics of consent. Consent is permission that is… sober, verbal, conscious, willingly given, enthusiastic, continuous, revocable, and absolutely mandatory To further the …

Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Mental Health

Stress can contribute to an increase in depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.  It can lower self-esteem and reduce a person’s belief in their ability to succeed. For college students this can cause decreased grades which can then cause more stress. It’s easy to see how this can lead to a viscous downward spiral. That’s why we’ve decided to come up with a mental health “cheat sheet” to that you can go to when you’re feeling down. Take a break from what’s causing you stress. For example, if news events are causing your stress, take a break from listening or watching the news. Try to maintain a normal routine. Forcing yourself to wake up, go to sleep, and eat meals at regular times provide can provide a sense of stability. Going to school and participating in typical after-school activities also provide stability and extra support. Avoid drugs and alcohol. These may seem to help with the stress. But in the long run, they create additional problems and increase the symptoms you are already feeling. Take care …

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