CSUSB students attended the End Sexual Violence Training 2019-2020 on September 25, 2019.
“Sexual violence affects everyone, not just women,” David Reyes said during his presentation. Reyes is the investigator of Title IX and gender equality at CSUSB. Reyes wants every student to feel protected and safe when they come to campus, that is why these training are mandatory every year for students to complete.
“We want students to know their rights and know what kind of resources they have on campus,” Reyes said. “We also want students to know how the process proceeds and if they can talk to us confidentially, we want them to know what confidential resources are available to them.”
However, how can students identify sexual harassment by someone? Sexual harassment is any unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
“Some examples of sexual harassment would be unwanted jokes, gestures, offensive words on clothing, and unwelcome comments,” Reyes said.
Throughout the event, the students were engaged and would participate throughout the presentation. Reyes would occasionally tell students to participate in what they would do if they saw someone being in danger.
“I would probably call the cops first because I would not want to put myself in danger too,” a student responded.
Reyes agreed that that is the best thing to do when one is put in a critical situation. “Stay alert, there is a lot of resources here on campus but it is important to be aware of your surroundings,” Reyes said.
In these events, everyone has a story or even has experienced some type of sexual harassment. Which makes these events very important to attend because it is very important for students to know that they can receive help from all the resources the campus offers. The university wants every student to feel safe when they come to campus and when they leave.
“I feel safe when I come to campus. I have never experienced anything uncomfortable or…threatened here on campus,” CSUSB student Gabriela Mendoza stated.
“Every time I come to these training events, I learn something new and new ways of how to be cautious here on campus,” CSUSB student Marisela Martinez said. “I feel like the university has done a very good job of making students feel safe, I always see cops going around campus which makes me feel even safer.”
Campus police always inform students what kind of incidents has happened that day if any by sending out emails.