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Contextualizing Consent

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In our work to end sexual violence, we have come to realize we need to do more than just tell people that sexual violence is a problem. We need to help communities build skills to engage in the proactive, positive behaviors we want to see. A great place to start is with a discussion of consent. As preventionists, it's our role to help communities understand and hopefully practice meaningful consent.

The articles in this issue of PISC are a starting place for the discussion of sexual consent - What does it look like? How do you get it? How do you ask for it? Consent is a nuanced topic; there are many conversations we were not able to include in this issue-this is just the first piece of the puzzle of conceptualizing consent. We begin with an in-depth article that answers the questions above. Next, we learn about consent programming examples in articles about the popular trend of making consent sexy, a middle school campaign in Vermont, and finally a program highlight of the work being done in Olympia. We finish this issue with our Question Oppression and Resources sections to help further the conversation about consent in your work.

We hope this issue will provide you with ideas and tools to engage communities and build skills around sexual consent in your efforts to end sexual violence. We welcome feedback at prevention@wcsap.org.

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Reviewed: May 9th, 2016