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Safety push at SDSU after off-campus assault

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – There's a push to keep San Diego State University students safe after a sexual assault was recently reported at an off-campus party.

Nationally known sexual violence prevention educator and consultant, Jamie Utt, had been scheduled to speak on campus before the reported recent assault but the attack is on many students' minds.

“No one wants to go through a sexual assault,” said SDSU freshman Taylor Martinez.

Utt started his program with, “We're going to talk about sex and we're going to talk about partying.”

“Partying is not bad, partying can be really fun and really amazing and really enjoyable,” said Utt.

He says but you can do it responsibly using the phrase “sex-positive” to prevent sexual violence.

He understands many of the sexual assaults are linked to college parties involving alcohol but says you can create a sex-positive environment by calling out someone who degrades or objectifies a woman. He also suggests turning down loud music so you can talk, “It's a lot easier to hurt another person if you don't see them as a human being, if you haven't had that conversation."

On Thursday about 150 SDSU students filled an auditorium to listen in on the conversation about preventing sexual assault.

“It was just a moral thing that you should attend something like this. I think every girl should do something like this,” said Martinez.

Reports show one in four women and one in six men will experience sexual assault in their life. Many of the students who attended the presentation were fraternity brothers.

“It's more about being safe and being aware about what's happening around you,” said SDSU S.A.E. sophomore Jordan Quinonez.

During Utt's 80 minute presentation he didn't talk at the students and at the end shared a personal story telling students at the age of 18 he went to his friend's side when she called to tell him she'd been sexually assaulted.

He says the conversation needs to start with students to prevent this ugly rape culture on college campuses.

“Help students understand that if you want to see a change you have to be the active one creating that change to prevent sexual violence,” said Utt.

Earlier this year a state audit named four schools in California including SDSU as doing a poor job at educating students about sexual violence prevention.

During freshman orientation school leaders shared a PSA released by the White House on sexual assault prevention.

Governor Jerry Brown is considering what is known as the “Yes means yes” bill.

It would require college students get affirmative consent from both parties before engaging in sexual activity.

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