Battered Women’ Support Services has collaborated with UBC Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) in the sexual assault prevention initiative Got Consent?
Sexual violence is endemic. 80% of women who access Battered Women’s Support Services report experiences of sexual violence in their relationships.
Last year we participated in Don’t Be That Guy a prevention campaign urging men to own their role to end rape.
The “Got Consent?” campaign was originally created by members of the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program at the University of New Hampshire. Inspired students initiated the campaign at SACS and the “Got Consent?” campaign has become another important way to facilitate conversations about sexual consent and sexual violence at the University of British Columbia.
What is sexual consent?
Sexual consent is informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to engage in agreed upon sexual activity.
How do you ask for consent?
Does this feel good?
Is it cool if I touch you here?
Can I kiss you?
Do you want to have sex?
Do you like this?
Consent is not:
Force, coercion, threats, intimidation, or physical violence
Given by a woman that are drunk or high
Offered by women that are asleep, unconscious, or physically/mentally incapacitated
Consent means asking a question and really listening to the answer.
The SASC’s Got Consent? clothing items are now available at My Sister’s Closetsocial enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services.
My Sister’s Closet is located at 1092 Seymour Street in the Yaletown neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC.
The Got Consent? initiative is a preventative campaign that creatively touches upon the necessity for consent to be present during all sexual encounters because a sexual encounter without consent is sexual assault. The Got Consent? term is visible on a variety of clothing items, including t-shirts, underwear, and tank tops.