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1 1 Let’s Talk About Consent Focus on the First Year Conference January 27, 2015 Presented by: Connie Boehm & Karen Kyle Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center

2 2 Learning Outcomes 1)Understand the complex issues 2)Understand the impact of alcohol, communication, and social norms 3)Identify ways to engage students in meaningful discussions 4)Identify strategies for involving partners across campus Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent

3 3 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Antioch Colleges Consent Policy st VAWA tough penalties for abusers nd Sexual Assault Services Program, direct services and advocacy for survivors st national roundtable on sexual assault 2013 Obama-3 rd reauthorization of VAWA, brought new resources Let’s Talk About Consent

4 4 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Antioch College Sexual Offense Prevention Policy Consent must be obtained each and every time there is sexual activity The person who initiates sexual conduct is responsible for verbally asking for the “consent” of the individual(s) involved The person with whom sexual conduct is initiated must verbally express “consent” or “lack of consent” Consent must be obtained each and every time there is sexual activity The person who initiates sexual conduct is responsible for verbally asking for the “consent” of the individual(s) involved The person with whom sexual conduct is initiated must verbally express “consent” or “lack of consent”

5 5 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Antioch College, cont. Each new level of sexual activity requires consent In order for “consent” to be valid, all parties must have unimpaired judgment and shared understanding of the nature of the act to which they are consenting, including the use of safer sex practices All parties must disclose personal risk factors and known STIs Antioch College Student Handbook Each new level of sexual activity requires consent In order for “consent” to be valid, all parties must have unimpaired judgment and shared understanding of the nature of the act to which they are consenting, including the use of safer sex practices All parties must disclose personal risk factors and known STIs Antioch College Student Handbook

6 6 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Relationship to “Dear Colleague” Letter Definition of sexual violence includes acts perpetrated when a person is incapable of giving consent Obligation to use “preponderance of evidence” standard to resolve complaints “Take prompt and effective steps to end the sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects…” Definition of sexual violence includes acts perpetrated when a person is incapable of giving consent Obligation to use “preponderance of evidence” standard to resolve complaints “Take prompt and effective steps to end the sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects…”

7 7 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Complexity of Consent The word “consent” is easily defined Laws and codes of student conduct clearly state that consent must be present AND that a person cannot consent if they are substantially impaired Alcohol and drugs are clearly understood as impairing functioning The word “consent” is easily defined Laws and codes of student conduct clearly state that consent must be present AND that a person cannot consent if they are substantially impaired Alcohol and drugs are clearly understood as impairing functioning

8 8 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Complexity of Consent, cont. Society’s messaging conflicts Social media influence Implied consent Society’s messaging conflicts Social media influence Implied consent

9 9 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Ohio State University Definition of Consent Act of knowingly and affirmatively agreeing to engage in sexual activity Must be voluntary Clear, unambiguous actions An individual cannot consent who is substantially impaired by any drug or intoxicant; or who is unaware that the act is being committed Act of knowingly and affirmatively agreeing to engage in sexual activity Must be voluntary Clear, unambiguous actions An individual cannot consent who is substantially impaired by any drug or intoxicant; or who is unaware that the act is being committed

10 10 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Consent, cont. May be withdrawn at any time Prior sexual activity or relationship does not, in and of itself, constitute consent May be withdrawn at any time Prior sexual activity or relationship does not, in and of itself, constitute consent

11 11 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Lack of understanding about the definition Nearly all communication is done with non-verbal cues and reading a person’s “vibe." University’s language doesn’t resonate with them Lack of understanding about the definition Nearly all communication is done with non-verbal cues and reading a person’s “vibe." University’s language doesn’t resonate with them Focus Group Findings

12 12 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Consider anything but a “no” or pushing you away as consent Held traditional views of sexuality and gender expectations Rape myth acceptance and victim- blaming attitudes were seemingly high Consider anything but a “no” or pushing you away as consent Held traditional views of sexuality and gender expectations Rape myth acceptance and victim- blaming attitudes were seemingly high

13 13 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent “Results of Lawyer’s research in 2010 suggest that prevention efforts may be enhanced by a more comprehensive discussion that includes the relationship between alcohol and drug consumption among college females and risk for sexual assault.” (Lawyer, 2010) “Results of Lawyer’s research in 2010 suggest that prevention efforts may be enhanced by a more comprehensive discussion that includes the relationship between alcohol and drug consumption among college females and risk for sexual assault.” (Lawyer, 2010) Sexual Violence Prevention Efforts

14 14 Student Wellness Center Student Advocacy Center Let’s Talk About Consent Implications for the Future “Affirmative Consent” policy Dismissal as the standard sanctioning policy for sexual assault Use of outside investigators Role of alcohol Neurobiology of trauma AAU survey – allows comparison “Affirmative Consent” policy Dismissal as the standard sanctioning policy for sexual assault Use of outside investigators Role of alcohol Neurobiology of trauma AAU survey – allows comparison


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