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University Of New Mexico Hosts ‘Real Sex Week’ To Counter Misleading Reproductive Misinformation

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Students For Life at the University of New Mexico (UNM) held “Real Sex Week” in February to counter the university’s October “Sex Week” that encouraged students to embrace sex toys, abortion and transgender rights.

UNM Students for Life hosted their own “Real Sex Week” from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9 in response to the Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice’s October “Sex Week,” which held workshops on sex toys, healthy sex, transgender rights activism, abortion and STI “myth busting,” reproductive justice for women and smashing stigma.

“Real Sex Week,” however, hosted seminars and workshops on human trafficking, symptom-free birth control, healing after sexual assault, and what it means to be both feminist and pro-life. The week ended with Jiu-Jitsu self-defense training for women, according to a Friday press release from Students For Life (SFL).

“We’re doing this in response to the Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice Sex week to let women know that we actually care about them and that we care about their health,” said SFL member Jessica Roseman. “We want to help them find healing from sexual assault and spread the word that sex trafficking is happening in our area.”

UNM Students for Life President, Emily McGowan, noted that every speaker they hosted was uplifting and delivered inspiring messages. “I think it was a great alternative to the other sex week; we got to present different alternatives to what the other sex week does.”

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During Sex Week 2014, Vice President of Student Affairs, Eliseo Torres, gave a public apology to UNM News, saying that the event was well intended, it did not have adequate oversight or supervision to prevent sensational and controversial topics. “While the university administration believes that it is important to offer opportunities for sex education to college students, it should be done in a careful and respectful manner,” Eliseo said.

After the university lost the right to host the event, UNM Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice chapter — a Planned Parenthood affiliate — reestablished “Sex Week” in 2015, with expressed purpose of educating students about abortion, while aiming to reduce the risk of sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy and STIs.

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