AlcoholEDU and Sex Signals; Is It Really All That Important?

Posted on October 11, 2011 by

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By Erika Anderson

Many students here at Worcester State University (WSU) have seen the Sex Signals performance and taken the AlcoholEdu class. For anyone that has not, these are classes that teach WSU freshman how to avoid sexual assault and how to stay safe during alcohol consumption. Stories of students drinking and getting sick are not at all uncommon.  Then there are the emails from WSU Police about rapes either on campus or at other colleges.  Are students actually taking to heart the stone cold facts that drinking excessively is bad and sexual assault can be avoidable?

According to their website, Sex Signals is, “a funny show about date rape,” and has been offered on college campuses since 1982.  It is a sexual assault program that educates and is enjoyable.   Students tend to leave this performance not only feeling more informed on the subject of rape, but also in a good mood.  This is not a program that is dull and boring, but instead is filled with funny and informative scenes on how to recognize and avoid being in bad situations.

Tim Carlander, WSU Junior, said, “It’s a good way to get people thinking in a way that’s more comfortable and fun.”  That is why so many students like the sex signals performance; it’s more on our level, so to say.  It is not someone preaching to an overcrowded room.  It’s a bunch of young adults performing skits to prove their points. While Sex Signals seems to be working, AlcoholEdu is a different story.

Alcohol EDU, according to its website, is an online alcohol prevention program that is used in more than 500 schools around the nation.  Its sole purpose is to inform students and help them to understand the affects of alcohol.

Jessica Hamilton, WSU Freshman, said that she found the AlcoholEDU program, “kind of helpful,” and that she would take what she learned into consideration. The way the Sex Signals team presents the information is ingenious and makes it far more interesting than it would be sitting in a classroom listening to a professor drone on about prevention.

Carlander said, “Students don’t care, it’s a quiz and you have to do it.  It’s not fun and the videos are lame.  It’s not exactly bad, but it needs to be more thought inducing and less quiz like.”

Many students agreed with this statement.  Although Alcohol EDU has lots of information, many of the students said that they already knew most of it.  Students did however offer some good ideas such as add humor, make it less dry, and condense it down.  Hopefully these will be taken into consideration.

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