Penn is introducing a new format for the sexual violence prevention training during New Student Orientation this year. The program will be run by Speak About It — a performance group that presents “about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships,” according to its website. Here’s a rundown of things you should know about the presentation and sexual violence at Penn.
• The sexual violence prevention session will now last an hour — much longer than in previous years — and cover topics about sexual health and sexual violence prevention. In previous years, the sexual violence presentation was tacked on to the end of the Safe Living presentation.
• NSO is a primary source of information on resources for victims of sexual assault. A Daily Pennsylvanian poll from last fall found that 65 percent of undergraduates learned how to get help after an assault during NSO.
• The DP poll also found that knowledge of campus resources was relatively low. Only 19 percent of undergraduates knew that Penn has a trained rape crisis victim advocate.
• Speak About It will perform at over 20 colleges this year, including Harvard, Brown and Cornell universities, and customizes its script for each school.
• The training session will ensure that the University is in compliance with new federal standards for sexual violence education.Comments powered by Disqus
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