UNM educates students, staff on sexual assault prevention

Posted at: 08/18/2014 8:25 AM
Updated at: 08/18/2014 8:31 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- The fall semester at the University of New Mexico starts Monday, and already, students are learning about a big nationwide problem.

"The concept of consent is something that is really critically important," said Summer Little with the university's women's resource center.

For the past week, Little has been teaching incoming freshmen, transfer students and staff how to prevent and stop sexual assault.

"It's not an issue to take lightly," said Nicolas Miele, who plays for the men's soccer team. This is the first year all UNM athletes are getting the training, too.

"There's an expectation and responsibility to the community and the university so I think that it's nice that, you know, we're kind of put in that leadership role," Miele added.

From videos to interactive scenarios, Miele said one thing really stuck out to him – how to be an active bystander. "Step in and be like, you know, hey, back off or something like that. How to like intervene without causing, causing a conflict," Miele said.

The school's Greek life community will also get the training. The goal is to train every single student on campus. "Pretty much everywhere we can get to. It's not, we're not focusing on any one group of students," Little said.