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Gender differences on display in white board exercise

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Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, or so the saying goes. But are we really that different? When it comes to safety, the precautions women take to be safe after a fun night out are completely different than men.

This is what two Red Deer College (RDC) third-year BScN students found out after hosting an information and white board exercise at The Forum in RDC on January 30, 2018.

The purpose of the exercise was to raise awareness between the existing gender differences on what people do each and every day to stay safe.

There was great student participation during the white board exercise, said the two RDC students. The exercise allowed the pair to work within the student population, gather data, have meaningful discussions and bring awareness to issues surrounding sexual assault.

Female students indicated they do things like lock their doors, keep their cellphone available, “avoid dark alleys” and “don’t wear revealing clothing,” to be safe. Male students wrote things like use an uber or cab and “appear approachable.”

This event was a precursor to a reflection event planned for International Women’s Day also to be held at RDC. The This is What I Was Wearing When It Happened exhibit will bring awareness to the issue of victim blaming and the stigma surrounding women’s clothing as the reason why they were sexually assaulted.

Are You SEXcessful? shines light on importance of sexual health

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Sexual health was the topic last Friday at Are You SEXcessful? a guidance event at Red Deer College (RDC).

Organized by two RDC students with the support of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) and the RDC Students’ Association, the purpose of the event was to create awareness around sexual health including illness prevention, safer sexual behaviours and cultural factors. The organizers’ goal was to prevent negative outcomes surrounding sexuality before they are initiated.

Attendees perused the booths of several community partners who were handed out information on consent, positive relationships, mens sexual health, contraception, pregnancy and sexual and gender diversity.

The event positively showcased sexual health from numerous perspectives. Feedback from students and faculty was encouraging.

This is the second year for the health promotion and prevention project between the three organizers. Last year’s event was titled GreyDay and centred on the concept of consent. This year CASASC focused on creating a culture of respect.

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