University Admits 'Sex Week' Workshops Were ‘Sensational and Controversial’

By Penny Starr | October 3, 2014 | 9:46 AM EDT

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( – The University of New Mexico issued a statement on Wednesday after its strategy to fight sexual assaults on campus by offering workshops on group and oral sex and getting “laid” during Sex Week garnered national media attention.

Local television station KRQE in Albuquerque reported the school issued a statement saying the activities planned this week were “sensational and controversial.”

“The initiative didn’t have close enough supervision to prevent the inclusion of topics that are sensational and controversial,” Eliseo Torres, vice president of UNM Student Affairs, said in a prepared statement.

When contacted UNM Monday, a university official defended the week-long event, which was publicized on Facebook and Twitter and featured workshops publicized on a flier entitled “How to be a gentleman AND get Laid,” “Negotiating a Successful Threesome,” and “BJs and Beyond.”

“Our purpose is to provide medically accurate sex education, and information on healthy relationships, consent, healthy communication, as well as respect within relationships,” said Summer Little, director of UNM Women’s Resource Center, which planned Sex Week. “Our efforts are part of a larger strategy to reduce sexual violence on campus.”

KRQE interviewed a student at UNM about the Sex Week controversy.

“To be educated, to be safe – those are the things that really need to hit home,” senior Sean Tresise said.

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