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Relationships and Sex During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Violence Prevention Specialists Alex (they/them) and Nola (she/her) recently sat down to talk about dating, sex, and supporting survivors of violence during COVID-19.

While we focus on respectful sexual and relationship practices, this conversation will reference sexual and relationship violence.

We encourage you to check out our glossary to learn more about the language we use in this video and our approach to violence prevention.

If you would like to learn more about intersections of sex, dating, survivorship, and COVID-19, please see the additional resources below.

Support resources for students who have experienced violence are available on the UHS website.

To learn more about Violence Prevention efforts across campus, click here.

If you have any questions or feedback on this video, please feel free to reach out to us at violenceprevention@uhs.wisc.edu (monitored by confidential staff).

How did we check-in about safety while making this video? 

After discussing boundaries together and with the wonderful UHS Communications videographer who filmed this dialogue, Alex and Nola decided they felt comfortable with an indoors, masked, socially distant conversation. The UHS Violence Prevention team encourages everyone to check-in with their friends, family, roommates, coworkers, and partners about what safety looks like for everyone during the pandemic, while also considering the impact of our individual choices on the marginalized communities most impacted by COVID.