Monthly on Thursday evenings
Location: Memorial Gym, Room 109
Fall 2013 dates: September 26, October 24, November 14
Spring 2014 dates: January 23, February 20, March 27, April 24
A campus forum to promote discussion around issues of sexuality, reproductive health, birth control, social pressures, sexual practices, and risky behaviors.
- To create and support open and respectful interpersonal dialogues on touchy topics in a space where everyone can feel safe to ask questions and speak their mind.
- To join in exploration and myth-busting of what constitutes “normal,” and discover ways to do this comfortably, productively, and effectively.
- To allow for provocative, mind-opening, inclusive conversation about our sexual and reproductive health.
Who?The campus community—but especially students—of all genders are welcome! Women and men need to engage in open, honest discussion with each other, their partners, and their health care providers about their reproductive systems and sexual health in order to challenge myths, get accurate information, and make healthy choices for themselves and their bodies. Got Sex? aims to provide a safe and comfortable venue where we can share medically-accurate and non-judgmental information and start a series of conversations to improve our sexual care and health.
After attending Got Sex?, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of sexual health “norms,” both physiological and social; understand that “normal” is unique to each person.
- Develop the personal security, courage, and skills needed to challenge social taboos about sexuality-related issues for personal health and well-being.
In order to provide a safe, positive, and productive environment for all participants to share their thoughts, we provide the following ground rules to all attendees at the beginning of the program:
- What is shared in this room, stays in this room. Please be conscious that this is a safe space to share sometimes personal issues, and that outside this room may not always be safe. Please respect and keep the things others share confidential.
- Please be aware that when you are sharing, others are not. We welcome everyone to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions, but please allow others an equal opportunity to speak and share their perspective.
- To keep this a safe space for all, please refrain from passing judgment on others with your comments.
- Please try to use ‘I’ statements and speak directly from your own experiences. Be conscious not to speak on behalf of others who are or are not present.
Sexual assault and relationship violence victims and survivors can have a different experience as it relates to the topics we discuss. Since nationally, 1 out of every 4 women on a college campus will be or has been sexually assaulted, some participants may not relate to the conversation the ways others will. This is normal, as everyone has different ways they react to and heal from sexual assault and relationship violence—no one way is “right.” A trained advocate is present at each session to guide the discussion to include the voices and experiences of those who have suffered sexual abuse and assault.
OrganizersThe Got Sex? forum organizers are:Vandal Health Education; the Women’s Center; Dr. Erin Chapman; UI VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, HIV Programs, and Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse. For questions, concerns, and suggestions for new program topics, please call Shannon at (208) 885-4104 or email her.
Communications Correction: In prior notices of this program we improperly referenced the title of a book published by author Dr. David Reuben, M.D. We have removed this reference and we apologize to Dr. Reuben. We in no way meant to state or imply that Dr. Reuben has any involvement in this program or endorses its contents.