From The Rocket: Sex edition serves to open discussions

Published by adviser, Author: The Rocket, Date: February 12, 2015
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Since 1934 The Rocket has provided Slippery Rock University with a quality, student-run newspaper, covering breaking news, athletic events and student life in some form or another. The final section of The Rocket, the opinion section, serves as a forum, giving a voice to students and providing an outlet for an array of perspectives.

This special section of The Rocket offers readers information on sexual health and education,  resources on campus for students, including those for sexual violence, stalking and harassment and explores some of the ways that technology and society may have shifted and influenced our views on sex as a part of our culture.

The editorial board of The Rocket feels that these topics are of great value to the campus community. 

On the cover, a man and a woman are depicted engaging in a physical relationship following a conversation seen via text. 

There are some important things to note about this cover that we feel are worth bringing to our readers attention to better understand the complex dynamics of relationships and the role of technology in these relationships. 

In the conversation, it is clearly shown there is consent from both members before engaging in any physical activity. 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), there is an average of 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. 

Realizing the importance of consent is a crucial step in reducing this number.

The cover page also prominently features technology’s up-and-coming role in relationships. There are a lot of things that can be discussed when it comes to sex and love, as our work on this section progressed, it became a focal point to examine the interplays between technology, media and relationships.

We hope that you benefit from reading the pieces we have received and written on some of the topics described and that you as readers use this information to foster a discussion about the some of these topics. 

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