Students ask sex, relationship related questions at HRL event

Shantel-Ann Pettway

Students were able to get their questions about sex and relationships, no matter how extreme, answered Tuesday night. 

The Housing and Residence Life Programming Committee presented “Ask in the Dark” on Tuesday in Downing Student Union. 

The event was designed for students to ask questions about sex, relationships and anything else that falls into those categories. 

 Patricia Satterwhite, residence hall director for WKU Apartments, said HRL has put together programs about sexual awareness in the past.

Sharminic Washington, residence hall director of Rodes-Harlin Hall, said, “We continue to collaborate with the experts to inform students on sexual awareness and anything along those lines as much as possible.” 

Satterwhite asked Elizabeth Madariaga, sexual assault services coordinator for the Counseling and Testing Center, and Kathryn Steward, assistant director of Health Education, to participate in the event. Both women have educational experience in sexual assault and health. 

“Students feel more comfortable with these two because they’ve done programs like this before,” Satterwhite said. 

About 30 students attended the forum. As the students arrived, they were asked to write their questions on a piece of paper and then put them in a basket. 

“Answering questions in this fashion makes students feel more comfortable when talking about sex,” Madariaga said. 

The two “sexperts,” as described by Satterwhite, answered various questions that dealt with dental dams, the effects of swallowing semen and how to break up with someone if they threaten to commit suicide.  

Three members of TopperWell had a display table set up to give out free condoms and information on male and female genitalia and to promote “safer sex.” 

However, Louisville sophomore Dexter Crowdus, secretary of TopperWell, said there is no such thing as “safe sex.”  

 “Sex always has a risk unless you abstain,” he said. 

Madariaga said she works with HRL to do a variety of events to make sure students are informed.

“We do different things,” she said. “We work not only within the halls, but in a public setting. We do things that are interpersonal relating to violence, relationships and sexual assault. We do our best to educate our students.”