Trinity Coaches Lead Student Discussions On Sexual Violence Prevention

Trinity Coaches Lead Student Discussions On Sexual Violence Prevention

Hartford, Conn. - During Trinity's first-year orientation on September 2, Bantam Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Katy Dissinger, Head Wrestling Coach Marques Gales, Head Women's Basketball Coach Emily Garner, and Associate Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach John Michael Mason went to a Speak About It event sponsored by the College's women and gender resource office representing the athletic department.  Speak About It is an organization that promotes awareness of healthy sexual choices, advocates consent, and strives to prevent sexual violence through inclusive performance-based education, discussion facilitation, and provision of resources. 

"Coaching at Trinity is about teaching life lessons through sport. It is great when we have an opportunity to use our experience to connect with the wider campus community and help mentor incoming students," said Mason.

Speak About It gave a presentation and then students broke up into groups and each of the four coaches led a discussion which also included an overview of Trinity's Your Rights-Your Options handbook.  Your Rights-Your Options is an informative book for Trinity students that helps explains Trinity's policy on sexual misconduct.

"Sexual misconduct and related issues are topics that must be explicitly addressed," said Gales. "The onset of college life is a great time to speak about them with great depth, even if it seems repetitive. The Speak About It performers did a great job of addressing several issues, while using humor, real-life scenarios, and statistics to drive home the key points and to bring awareness to several issues. It is important for student-athletes and coaches to be involved in some form or another because of the large role athletics plays in the social scene on college campuses. Sports can implicitly and explicitly teach leadership and those involved can help be the solutions to sexual misconduct, instead of the problems."

"The programming was great because it's important that we educate and empower our students to make healthy, informed decisions," added Garner. "It also gives them the autonomy to be leaders on our campus, and stand up against sexual assault and misconduct. Overall, it was great to be a part of it!"