8.23.16 | Melissa Gomez
UF students and faculty are taking action against sexual assault on campus by clarifying one word: consent.
UF’s Sexual Trauma/Interpersonal Violence Education, in collaboration with GatorWell, launched a sexual consent health communication campaign Monday, said Rita Lawrence, an interpersonal violence prevention coordinator.
“We’ve learned that students still have a hard time understanding what is consent,” she said. “So we really wanted to give some guidance about what works when it comes to consent.”
A survey by the Association of American Universities, released in 2015, found the number of sexual assaults at UF matched the national level, which is considered an epidemic, she said.
After months of talking to students to understand the campus climate about sexual assault and what they think consent is, the organizations looked to find a way to best reach students, Lawrence said.