Date Safe Project founder makes presentation to WSU students

PULLMAN, WA - Last week, KLEW News told you about the ways that Washington State University is teaching freshman about safe drinking behaviors.

Palouse Reporter, Rachel Dubrovin shows us what the university is doing to educate freshmen about another very serious topic, sexual assault.

"How do you know when it's the right time to make your move?" said Date Safe Project Founder Mike Domitrz.

Tuesday night, hundreds of Washington State University freshmen learned some new moves when it comes to dating.

"Here's a question, once you get 'the look' do most people stop and say, 'May I kiss you?' Or do they just go for it?" said Domitrz.

"They just go for it," said student volunteer.

"Well we're going to teach them to literally ask for a kiss," said Domitrz. "And if they can't ask for a kiss, then they're probably not ready to be engaging intimacy."

Mike Domitrz is the founder of the 'Date Safe Project,' and he travels the world speaking to teens, college students and their parents about sexual decision making and sexual assault prevention.

"You just say, 'Hey Jordan," said Domitrz. "Clearly Erin has had a lot to drink. Hope you don't mind, we're going to get Erin a safe ride home."

Domitrz also teaches students how to talk to someone that may be a victim of sexual assault because he knows from personal experience how difficult it can be to find the right words to say.

"In 1989, I received a phone call that my sister had been raped, and I was devastated," said Domitrz. "And over, time I realized I didn't want other people to go through this."

And even though sexual assault is a very serious topic, students seemed to find the presentation pretty entertaining.

"I felt like it helped me know a lot more about what was okay in terms of true consent," said WSU Student Eric Desmarais. "And it's okay to ask. Like, saying, 'Can I kiss you? is an okay thing to say and actually it's kind of romantic if you do it right."

The Date Safe Project has resources to help parents talk to their kids about making safe decisions when it comes to dating. You can find the information on theDate Safe Project website.