Consent, relationships and personal boundaries were discussed in a casual, student-led forum held in the Retama Room, in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Formerly known as the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, The Purple Door offers counseling and legal aid to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Senior Counselor Brian Keith Permenter and Community Educator Cassandra Huye moderated the talk in the Retama Room and let students express their thoughts and issues they’ve experienced in relationships. Some shared what they seek in a potential relationship, overcoming troubles in a relationship, and maintaining a healthy long-term relationship by effectively communicating.
“I think if we can can get people talking about these topics, communication will lead to healthier, and consensual relationships,” Huye said.
Some of the students agreed with Huye.
“I think I picked up a lot about consent. Sometimes we can act without thinking about consequences,” said Mark Bolden, an engineering major. “I feel like it reminds us that it’s important to talk and communicate about boundaries in a relationship.”