PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Before heading off to college, upperclassmen at Cape Elizabeth High School want to make sure they have all the information they need to make smart decisions about sex.

So they created a program called SAAFE, which stands for Sexual Assault Awareness for Everyone. Experts met the kids at USM in Portland to give presentations on topics like consent, cyber citizenship and the effects of alcohol on decision-making.

Participants also talked about ways to recognize and protect themselves from abusive situations.

The creators of the program say It's important to talk about the issues now before they are faced with them in the future.

The program also provided private one on one spaces where students could talk to peer advisers or teachers about any concerns.