creating an environment that increases CONSENT while decreasing sexual assaults requires ACTION
utilizing the WeSaidYes affirmative consent app, requires ACTIVE involvement which will do far more to change the current culture of sexual behavior on college campuses and reduce sexual assaults than current passive campaigns, slogans or policies
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Educate your students about Consent, Communication, Coercion and how to protect themselves…
Show university parents that there is an ACTIVE effort to help protect their children…
Assuage university stakeholders because there is a tool available to students that helps reduce sexual assaults: thus minimizing risk and liability…
Our mission is to clarify consent in compliance with the Yes Means Yes movement by providing tools and education that encourage communication and eliminate confusion to protect men and women before engaging in sexual conduct.
“Real consent is marked by the ongoing presence of a yes rather than the absence of a no — both parties must agree to sexual contact verbally or through clear non-verbal cues, and silence or lack of resistance doesn’t indicate consent. Schools with affirmative consent policies must use this stricter standard to evaluate sexual assault complaints within their campus disciplinary systems.”
The law didn’t come out of nowhere. It emerged as a response to a status quo that has proved to be an all-too-powerful tool for sexual predators, because it enables them to claim to see consent in everything except continuous, unequivocal rejection. That status quo puts women in the position of having to constantly police their own behavior to make sure that they are not giving the appearance of passive consent … That burden isn’t just annoying for women. It’s dangerous.
If the Yes Means Yes law is taken even remotely seriously, it will settle like a cold winter on college campuses, throwing everyday sexual practice into doubt and creating a haze of fear and confusion over what counts as consent. This is the case against it, and this is also the case for it.
We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault; confront and change insensitive attitudes wherever they persist; enhance training and education in the criminal justice system; and expand access to critical health, legal, and protection services for survivors.
Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent.
[Affirmative consent policies] fail to impose any responsibility on the alleged victim to communicate his/her objection to the sexual activity, either by words or actions, thereby allowing the entrapment of unsuspecting partners.