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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Keep It Consensual 2009

Keep It Consensual: Campus Conversations About Sex, Alcohol, and Choice

Keep it Consensual

DeRosa University Center Ballroom
Thursday, October 29, 2009
12 noon - 9:30 p.m

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Nationally, one in four college women report surviving rape or attempted rape. This one-day seminar, co-sponsored by the University of the Pacific Division of Student Life and Gender Studies Department, Delta College, San Joaquin Women's Center, and Stockton Police Department, is free and open to the community. The programs below may be attended without registration in their entirety or as separate programs of interest. The day is constructed as a series of campus conversations to explore the topics of consent (what it is, how it works, and how it is communicated), alcohol and drugs (and how they impact consent), intoxication (and how it differs from incapacitation) victimization, and bystander responsibilities. Participants will be empowered to recognize predatory behaviors in others and equipped with skills, resources, and campus contacts to confront, report, and prevent sexual harassment and assault.

"Sexual misconduct comprises a ‘silent epidemic' on most college campuses," said Elizabeth Griego, vice president for Student Life at Pacific. Nationally, these crimes are drastically under-reported and difficult to discuss and confront as a campus community. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to come together on October 29 for Pacific's first day-long seminar devoted to breaking this silence.

Your participation is crucial to the creation of an informed, educated campus. Please join us for all or part of the day on October 29 as we seek to end the "silent epidemic" at Pacific. We owe nothing less to our students and to each other.

Anticipated Learning Outcomes for the Day


Participants will:

  • Have a common sense understanding of what consent is, how it works, and how it is communicated in consensual relationships;
  • Gain an understanding of how alcohol and drugs impact consent;
  • Be able to differentiate intoxication from incapacitation;
  • Recognize alcohol myths about quantity, vomiting, and blackouts;
  • Understand that date rape is rape;
  • Gain tools for reducing risk of perpetration and victimization;
  • Gain insight into predatory behaviors;
  • Understand bystander responsibilities and the range and responsibility of possible actions;
  • Understand resources available to victims and perpetrators both on and off campus;
  • Perceive how resources address cultural, gender and sexual preference needs;
  • Obtain a clear understanding about confidentiality of counseling and reporting.

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11:30 Tabling around the DeRosa University Center (Lobby)
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m Opening Panel: Sexual Assault and Consent
Dan EsparzaDan Esparza, Program Manager, DOJ/OVW Campus Program, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Joelle GomezJoelle Gomez, Executive Director, Women’s Center of San Joaquin County
Brett Sokolow, Esq. Brett. A. Sokolow, Esq., President of NCHERM (National Center for Higher Education Risk Management)

This panel introduces the topic of problematic conduct in a university setting. What does it mean to obtain consent for intimacy? How do you know when you have it? What conditions put you at risk? What are the special vulnerabilities and responsibilities of university students? How do you make consent for sexual intimacy reasonable, understandable, fair, clear and equal? Examples, case studies, and analogies will be used to explore boundaries -- how consent is given, how it is retracted, how long it lasts, how far it goes.
1:30-2:15p.m. Posing the Question: A Skit Performed by Pacific Ambassadors
Caught in the desperate anticipation of misguided passion, two students decide to take matters into their own hands. What happens next will surprise you, and before the action begins, you will witness these two negotiating the night away. Funny? Absolutely. Silly? We don't think so. Necessary? Absolutely. Adapted, directed, and acted by current students, this performance will open your eyes to questions that should be asked and the requirements of mutual consent in intimate relationships.
2:30-3:30p.m. Rape Law and Colleges: Choices and Consequences of Student Behavior
Ruth Jones, Professor of Law

This workshop will explore how the law defines rape; specifically, the legal meaning of consent, force, and the relevance of alcohol and drug use to rape.
3:30-5:00p.m. My Ownership of Community: Prevention to Empowerment to Bystander - Intervention to Victim Resources and Process: A Workshop to “Train the Trainers”
Brett Sokolow, Esq. Brett. A. Sokolow, Esq., President of NCHERM (National Center for Higher Education Risk Management)
Jay Smith, Sgt., Stockton Police Department
Jennifer Busalacchi, Prevention Education Services Coordinator, Women’s Center of San Joaquin
Kosta Panos, Public Safety Officer
Charlene Patterson, PhD, Associate/Training Director, Counseling Services
Beth McManis, PhD, CNM, NP, MS, Nurse Practitioner
Mary Ann Pearson, Victim Advocate, Certified by the California Victim and Witness Coordinating Council and the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning

This training workshop is offered for RAs, SAs, Ambos, PSAAC, Greek Leaders, and Peer Health Educators: students who help other students. Special training will be provided in calling peers to their best selves and values, effective bystander interventions, and making effective referral skills. Participants will receive materials to assist them in presenting effective programs to their constituencies.

RSVP required to: Email icon Janetta Newsom, Office of Student Life, ext. 62365 by Oct. 28
3:30-5:30p.m. Doubt (Pacific Theater) Image opens in new window Trailer
This film set in 1964, centers on a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a student. He denies the charges, and the film then tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority, leaving the viewer to decide what the truth really is. Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis star, all of whom were nominated for Oscars at the 2009 ceremonies.
4-5:00 p.m. Panel: Best Practices for Responding to Campus Sexual Violence

Session for Pacific Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
Sally Coleman, Associate Director of Human Resources
Diane Borden, PhD, Professor of English and Film Studies
Heather Dunn Carlton, Director of Judicial Affairs

University of the Pacific is committed to maintaining a campus community as a place of respectful work and study for faculty, staff and students, free of sexual and other unlawful harassment. This session will highlight our individual and collective responsibility for building and maintaining sound working relationships and mentorship of students. We will cover campus policies related to sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, battery, exploitation and harassment. In addition, the complexities and confusions that can emerge when addressing sexual and gender conflicts will be discussed. Panel participants will speak from their experiences working in academic environments in dealing with sexual assaults, harassment, and inappropriate and ambiguous behavior. Attendees will learn 1)how to identify different types of sexual misconduct; 2)how to respond with best practices to immediate situations utilizing campus and community resources; and 3) the aftercare of victim/survivors.
7-8:30 p.m. Drunk Sex or Date Rape
Brett Sokolow, Esq. Brett. A. Sokolow, Esq., President of NCHERM (National Center for Higher Education Risk Management)

While many people believe that programming can and should support and empower victims and allies, we all recognize that educational programs don’t actually stop rapists from raping. Yet, we can and should empower audience members to recognize predatory behaviors in others, and equip them with the skills to confront, report and prevent. This interactive workshop uses a case study to draw the audience into provocative discussion about predatory patterns, enabling behavior, and facilitating/accomplice behavior.
8:30 p.m. Take Back the Night (sponsored by the Pacific Women’s Resource Center)
9:30 p.m. Semi-Erotic Somewhat Exotic Townhouse Bash
Pacific Townhouse Apartments
An annual event emphasizing non-alcoholic drinks, dancing, and safe fun.
9:45 p.m. Doubt (Pacific Theater) Image opens in new window Trailer