University of New Mexico apologizes on 'sex week'

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Posted: Oct 02, 2014 7:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An effort to promote sex education and raise awareness of sexual assault at the University of New Mexico backfired, forcing administrators to apologize.

Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo Torres issued an apology Wednesday after officials received dozens of complaints about "Celebrate Sex Week at UNM." The four-day program by the Women's Resource Center and the Graduate and Professional Students Association began Monday.

Critics say some workshops' titles seemed to endorse promiscuity and multiple-partner encounters. Student fees paid for the event.

Torres says a lack of supervision allowed for the inclusion of topics that were "sensational and controversial."

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Angela Catena, a gender violence program assistant, told the Daily Lobo topics like bondage and masochism were scheduled to be discussed.

Women's Resource Center director Summer Little says the week was meant to promote safe sex.