By: Kebron Tesfaye, Contributing Writer
To examine the aspects of love in healthy relationships, the SGA Department of Health and Wellness hosted the discussion–oriented event “How to Love” Feb. 25.
“We feel that especially in college, it can be a confusing time with a lot of changes,” senior biology major and sexual assault peer educator (SAPE) Zachary Furfari said. “It is really important to make sure that you’re in a healthy relationship and to see the signs of an unhealthy relationship.”
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Peer Counselling Center, the Department of Health and Wellness was asked to present on the darker side of love and what healthy relationships look like.
Discussion topics included myths and facts about rape, definitions of sexual and relationship violence and the understanding of healthy relationships.
“It’s also important that maybe this is the first time you’re on your own in college, and so maybe you don’t know what a healthy relationship looks like,” Kora Rea said, leader of SAPE’s presentations and workshops. “Those are the most important things you know while you’re going to college.”
While presenting, SAPE members not only provided students with statistics about unhealthy relationships, but also shared personal stories, gave tips on healthy and balanced relationships and debunked myths about rape and sexual assault.
They also played a game where audience members would vote on whether they would break up, talk it out or do nothing in response to various hypothetical situations.
The major purpose of the presentation was to put a positive light on the topic of sex when it is
usually considered a taboo in public. Through the endorsement of sex positivity, the SGA Department of Health and Wellness hopes to provide a comfortable environment for students to talk about all kinds of relationships.
“I would hope that they would take a look at all their relationships, not just romantic, but all the relationships in their life and maybe some of it needs work and maybe they’ll know what to look for,” SAPE member Zoe Kolker said.
For more events from the SGA Department of Health and Wellness and SAPE, check out their “Let’s Talk about Sex Night” at PAWS, April 1, at 7 p.m.