Sexual assault awareness month
The month of April is national sexual assault awareness month. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) began a campaign called “I Ask.” The campaign focuses on the importance of consent.
“Consent is about more than just asking — it is about listening to and accepting the answer without pressuring someone to change their mind,” NSVRC said. “This year, we wanted to expand on that idea and think of all the nuanced ways that asking for consent shows up in our lives.”
NSVRC’s website has resources about how to ask for consent, strategies for teaching consent to the youth and explains how power impacts consent. Each resource also gives examples of how to ask for consent, how to teach others to ask for consent and how to react to rejection. The website also explains who can never consent: someone intoxicated, someone passed out, someone coerced and minors.
NSVRC’s website explains that you must ask your partner for consent before any sexual activity whether it be kissing, cuddling, or any type of sex, even if your partner has consented in the past.
For more information about national sexual assault awareness month, go to www.nsvrc.org .