Ohio University To Hold ‘Campus Conversations’ Event On Sexual Assault Issues

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Ohio University will be holding a discussion forum on sexual assault, consent and bystander intervention Thursday.

The Campus Conversation event will be set up in "World Café" style, with participants free to come and go. Tables will be set up around the room with facilitators at each, aiding in conversation and answering questions focusing on sexual assault, the meaning of 'consent' and the role bystanders play in an assault situation.

The forum comes on the heels of two alleged rapes this fall, the most recent being an alleged rape on Court Street during homecoming weekend that was documented in photos and videos by bystanders and spread on social media. The alleged incident has gained international attention since being featured on a number of prominent news websites.

According to the university, several campus organizations and offices have been discussing the need to allow faculty, staff and students the opportunity to discuss themes involving rape and rape culture.

For individuals wanting a more private conversation, a quiet corner staffed with counselors will be available for small group or one-on-one discussions. Resources will be available from campus organizations for participants wishing to continue their personal conversation with the appropriate agency.

The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Nelson banquet room near Nelson Court.