Local organization provides alternative to Sex Week

Local organization provides alternative to Sex Week

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The Hope bus will be parked along Volunteer Blvd near the Haslam Business Building all week long from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hope bus will be parked along Volunteer Blvd near the Haslam Business Building all week long from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"Getting to ask us questions and giving them a t-shirt and telling them it's free, it's confidential, is just a really great way to get the door open," said Hollingsworth. "Getting to ask us questions and giving them a t-shirt and telling them it's free, it's confidential, is just a really great way to get the door open," said Hollingsworth.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Sex Week is aimed at spreading knowledge to University of Tennessee students about sexual culture, anatomy and feeling comfortable in your own body. But one group has set up shop to provide another option.

"What we believe is if you're going to have a Sex Week on campus, then let's cover everything even down to sexual purity, sexual integrity, abstinence education," said Director Lisa Hardin of the Hope Resource Center.

Hope's bus provides several free services, including STD testing. Several students had already taken advantage of those services Monday morning.

The group says its presence isn't a protest, but a chance for well-trained nurses to inform students about the choice of abstinence.

"It's kind of like you have competition with CVS and Walgreens," said Hardin. "We also thought it was important to bring that alternative message to the students here at the University of Tennessee."

Kaley Hollingsworth is an intern at Hope and a UT student. She says the response from her friends and classmates has been a positive one and the best part has been clearing up any misconceptions about what the center does.

"When you see the words STD testing or pregnancy testing, it's just kind of intimidating. But getting to ask us questions and giving them a t-shirt and telling them it's free, it's confidential, is just a really great way to get the door open," said Hollingsworth.

The Hope bus will be parked along Volunteer Blvd near the Haslam Business Building all week long from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The bus travels to several different locations around the city throughout the year. For more information about where to find it next, just head to the Hope website.  

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