ISU police urging parents to teach the importance of consent

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NORMAL, Ill. — The Illinois State University Police Department is urging parents to teach their teens the importance of staying safe and paying attention to their surroundings.  

This comes after four sexual misconduct cases reported to the department in less than a week. 

ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff says, of the cases reported, most involve suspects who don’t understand consent. 

“As parents we have to make sure we are educating our young people,” said Woodruff. “[Telling them] this is what consent is, and if its not given freely then it’s not consensual.”

According to Planned Parenthood, consent is actively agreeing to be sexual with someone, sexual activity without consent is considered rape or sexual assault.

“Unless someone is saying, ‘yes I’m okay with this,’ then keep your hands to yourself,” said Woodruff. “It doesn’t matter how much someone had to drink, or what they are wearing, they need to provide that consent before you move forward.”  

He says this type of education doesn’t end at home, the ISU Police Department has ways to supplement what you teach. 

“We offer self defense classes,” He said. “SAFE, which is Self-Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange. We also offer RAD, Rape Aggression Defense.”

The classes, which are for female students,  teach assertiveness, saying no, and being physical when need be.

“I know a lot of my friends get anxious about walking on campus alone,” said ISU Student Sammie Easley. “It [the classes] would be something helpful and beneficial.”

The first SAFE class will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Nelson Smith Building. There are also two others scheduled at this time, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.

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