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Sex therapy experts provide safe space for conversation at UW-Stout

Menomonie (WQOW) – Ahead of the romantic holiday, sex therapists wanted to give people a safe space to talk about sex.

On Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, anyone could take advantage of Sex Speak Sessions, free, one-on-one conversations with certified therapy educators. The conversations were open to anything from safe sex practices to gender identity, relationships and more.

The idea began three years ago, when Dr. Markie Twist, a UW-Stout professor and graduate program director for the sex therapy certificate program, decided to open the conversation to the public.

“Oftentimes, people sex education isn’t comprehensive in elementary school, or high school, or even really college,” Twist said. “If you don’t go to college, then you don’t even have a chance to take it there.”

Twist said some of the most popular questions were about sexually transmitted infection testing and consent.

Twist said a lot of people are raised in sexually silent families. So, Twist wants to help people feel more comfortable with the subject.

Anyone 18 or older, or with parental consent, could participate. For more on these Sex Speak Sessions, you can visit their Facebook page, email at, or follow them on Twitter, #SexSpeakSessions.

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Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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