Written by Sissy Courtney
This past week, thousands of parents dropped their 18-year-olds off at college campus hoping they left them with the tools to take their studies seriously, stay out of trouble, and come home safely. Most of those parents probably gave their kids a lot of advice about going to class, keeping up with their studies, calling home, and not spending too much money. If they gave them advice about sexual intimacy, it probably boiled down to three things:
Don’t do it.
Don’t get pregnant
If anybody touches you, I’ll kill them.
Southern Methodist University (SMU) addressed the issue of intimacy among teenagers and young adults by bringing speaker Mike Domitrz to campus to talk to 1,400 incoming freshmen and transfer students about the power of verbal consent. Through humor, role play, and his message of “Can I Kiss You” Domitrz gave students the words, strategies, and reasons they need to protect themselves and others in intimate situations.
His three main messages were:
Open the door for your loved ones.