East Campus advocates responsible sex

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Valencia will be holding “sexual responsibility week” this year. The event will be held at East Campus and will serve as a medium to inform attendees on their sexual responsibility.

Those responsibilities have been downplayed in recent years, as reflected by the increase in teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and even domestic violence.

With domestic violence cases prevalent in pop culture, programs like these become relevant as people are surrounded with these struggles more and more every day.

The peer educators group will hold the event.

Darlene Barriere made an appearance at the event last year to give a presentation on abuse prevention and recovery and made it clear that she was a victim of child abuse and sexual assault herself.

The college created awareness week to inform people about the sexual responsibilities of others as well as your own. We learn from people’s personal experiences and stories, whether they be about child abuse, domestic violence, sex or relationships.

Topics for discussion include dating violence and consent, rape and pregnancy.

“Sexual responsibility to me is just your duties as a person when being close to someone, from condoms to pregnancy and your actions. The do’s and don’ts,” said Valencia student Alex Mirandez on sexual responsibility.

If you would like to attend the event, it will be held on Monday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the East Campus in Bldg 5 in the Great Hall.

For any questions regarding the event, contact the Student Activities department on East campus at 407-582-2313 or you can also email Raquel Morales at rgaldomorales@valenciacollege.edu.