March 28, 2023

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (April 28, 2016) — Sexual assault happens at college campuses and St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is no exception.

A presentation on sexual assault and other sexual health concerns will be given by Hedy Tripp, a research assistant with National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday May 3, 2016 in the St. Cloud Public Library, Mississippi Room, 1300 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN. This event and parking is free and open to the public with a light dinner provided from local Asian American restaurants.

In 2014 and 2015, SCSU participated in the Minnesota Young Women’s Collaborative (MYWC), externally funded by NAPAWF through the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health. MYWC, hosted by the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department, offered a college course and conducted a campus-wide survey.

The course, Health & Sexuality in AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Communities, combined research, advocacy, and leadership development using the frameworks and principles of social science research, Asian American studies, public health, and social justice. It was a culturally appropriate community-based participatory action research project with a strong service-learning component. Through empowerment and skills building, SCSU students led and developed ‘research to action’ campaigns on health issues that impact their communities.

In Fall 2014 and Fall 2015, MYWC conducted a campus-wide survey of all undergraduate women students on sexual health behaviors. An important finding was that two out of five (40%) of SCSU undergraduate college women reported some form of sexual assault (pressured, forced and/or frightened into sexual acts that they did not want to do).  A connection between sexual assault and mental health disorders was also seen in the data. Another major concern unearthed was the lack of knowledge about the Pap test, especially among Asian American women students.

Hedy Tripp will be presenting this data and more from the campus-wide survey and facilitating audience discussion around these important topics. The St. Cloud community is invited to participate in the conversation to help increase awareness and healthy behaviors around sexual assault and sexual health at SCSU and our community.

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