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by Brittany Yap, Associate editor

 

On Oct. 27, about 30 students gathered in the residence hall student lounge on the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus for an informational presentation on sexual assault by Christy Werner of the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Werner, an educational coordinator for the center, had students answer true/false questions to test how much they knew about the topic.

Statistics surprised some of the students. for example: 85 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.

Students were given a chance to ask questions openly after the power-point presentation. Werner also stayed to talk to anyone with personal questions.

HPU junior Veronica Garcia brought along her boyfriend, who was visiting from Chicago. “I saw [the talk] on Pipeline, and I was interested in it,” she said. “There were some good insights.”

Unfortunately the Sex Abuse Treatment Center does not have a Web site that provides these facts and statistics, but anyone can call the center at 535-7600, Monday through Fridays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Although the center is not open on the weekends, its 24-hour hotline is always available for people with emergencies.

The Sex Abuse Treatment Center, in Harbor Court, receives more than 1,000 calls a year. According to Werner, it offers free medical legal examinations at Kapiolani Medical Center to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. However, the tests have to be done within 72 hours of the incident. The exam checks to make sure the victim is physically OK, tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), offers an emergency birth control pill to prevent pregnancy, and provides antibiotics to forestall infections.

Two HPU resident advisors, Cassandra Zautner and Chelsea Haslup, put together the event and also decorated the student lounge with red balloons and streamers to keep with the theme of “Project Red” for resident education.

The previous presentation was on the topic of Ice (crystal methamphetamine), and they hope to hold another presentation in the near future.

“ We try to do it four to five times a year,” said Patrick Mayock, director of Housing and Residence Life. “We’ll try to do one more for fall semester. Hopefully something of popular demand.”

According to Mayock, these kinds of events are mainly for residents, but it was encouraging to see some nonresidents attend. He said it was probably due in large part to the event being announced on HPU Pipeline.
 

On Oct. 27, about 30 students gathered in the residence hall student lounge on the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus for an informational presentation on sexual assault by Christy Werner of the Sex Abuse Treatment Center.
Photo by Beth Muaina, Associate Housing director
 
 
 

 

 

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