College shouldn't be a place to walk home with pepper spray firmly gripped in your hand. It shouldn't be a place where you don't feel safe putting your cup down for two minutes while you go the bathroom at a party. College is an experience worth remembering for decades afterward — and sexual assault should never be a part of those memories. If you also believe consent is simple, then consider picking up our merchandise to promote that message. Put a sticker on your laptop or water bottle, hang a poster on your dorm wall, or rock a tote bag defining consent for the unaware public. Whatever you decide, you'll take an active part in eliminating the toxic presence of rape culture on your college campus.
This month, we were slapped in the face with the sickening verdict of the Stanford Case. The entire staff at Project Consent sat in equal fury, grief, and stunned disbelief as convicted rapist Brock Allen Turner was given a "lenient" sentencing, while his victim was denied of the justice she rightfully deserved. We were here when Turner's father pleaded on his behalf, when Turner's friend blamed the assault on anything but the rapist, and when the victim, by the anonymous name of Emily Doe, penned a heart-wrenching letter. This is our official statement of support for Emily Doe and the thousands of victims who failed by the system. This is our promise to not only cover the Stanford case detail by detail, but to push for the change that Emily Doe so rightfully deserves. To all survivors: Project Consent stands behind you. The work that we will do will be in your name and we thank you for all the courage that you have shown.
Project Consent is thrilled with the response to our latest #ConsentIsSimple campaign in collaboration with Juniper Park. With over a million combined views on our animated videos, we’re so glad to see such a positive response to our message of consent. With this campaign, we hope to see a rise in conversations about consent and sexual assault, and that means talking about all sexual assault survivors and helping share their voices. In future campaigns, we want to bring a wider scope of awareness to victims of all genders, sexualities, and races. Sexual assault is not an isolated crime; it can unfortunately be experienced by anyone. Project Consent has always done our best to avoid profiling victims and assailants, as we know that such thinking actually contributes to rape culture.
James Deen is not an ignorant byproduct of society. Regardless of his silence now, the statements that he made prior to the outbreak of revelations clearly demonstrate a thorough understanding of sexual assault. Project Consent will not take part in the culture that will allow him to brush off these accusations, nor will we endorse the idea that he was uneducated about his alleged actions. We support any and all of victims of sexual assault, inflicted by Deen and others. This is our work and we firmly stand by it.