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Consent is Sexy: Cal State San Marcos Staff Expert on Sexual Assault Available to Media

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SAN MARCOS, Calif., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Health Educator Cathy Nguyen is an expert on university-level programs to help students develop healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. In light of the White House's report on steps to prevent sexual assault at college campuses, CSUSM's Health Education program is an example of best practices universities can take to transform individual behaviors and create positive social change for a safe, healthy and inclusive university campus.

Nguyen managed the production of "Consent is Sexy" a video that is shown to all incoming freshmen at CSUSM, educating them on what sexual consent is. The video, inspired by the Consent is Sexy campaign and the Monroe County Sexual Assault Response Team, can be seen on YouTube:

"The only way to be positive your partner is consenting is to check in with them along the way, listen to their responses, and act accordingly," said Nguyen. "Ask your partner what she or he wants! And ask again if you're not sure. Really respect their wishes. And good sex, sex you won't regret later, is all about respect."

In addition, Nguyen oversees the peer education program, STARS (Students Talking about Relationships and Sex), which utilizes theater and dialogue to transform individual behaviors and create positive social change. The CSUSM STARS team of 12 to 15 students educates their peers in classrooms and at special events.

"The STARS interactive theater program initiates dialogue about interpersonal violence using improvisational theater," said Nguyen. "These presentations focus on sexual assault, bystander intervention and relationship abuse."

To schedule interviews, please contact Margaret Chantung at 760-750-4011 (office), 760-525-0910 (cell) or

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz-Chantung
760-750-4011 – office
760-525-0910 - mobile


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