WHAT'S PROJECT CONSENT?
Project Consent began in 2014 as an light bulb idea formed in the bedroom of one teenage girl that wanted to make a difference. It began as something as simple as an Instagram page that showcased participants with the word “NO” written on them to symbolize the end of sexual assault. This small, but vital, idea was an important stepping stone in creating the organization it is now. Through the help of many people, Project Consent has grown into something truly monumental: a community that believes in survivors, advocates, and like-minded individuals driven to make a difference. In just three years alone, Project Consent has flourished into a global platform that people are watching, learning, and sharing from.
At Project Consent, there’s no one or right way to dismantle rape culture. We are working everyday to use all of our resources to make the world safer for all. Some of our work includes:
- Creating multi-media campaigns with messages attack different components of sexual assault, in partnership with similar organizations that provide us with opportunities to reach out to all demographics.
- Utilizing social media to offer survivors a way to connect with us on a deeper level.
- Providing resources for anybody that reaches out to make a difference in their own community, including sex ed curriculums that empathizes on the importance of consensual sex.
Our ability to reach people on a global level could not have been possible with the community of supporters and staff that we have. Project Consent is certainly not a one man show, and we are always eager for people to join our movement and support us in any way possible. Whether it be as a staff member or simply voicing your support in any form, fight with Project Consent today!
WHAT IS RAPE CULTURE?
At Project Consent, we define rape culture as the global epidemic in which sexual assault is trivialized or belittled. As comedian Gaby Dunn said it best, "[Rape culture] is a collection of micro-aggressions that lead up to the normalization of sexual assault." Rape culture is when you to turn a blind eye rather than extend a hand, simply because it seems easier. At Project Consent, we believe that it's the small things that are the most pervasive and that allow sexual assault to bypass without any serious repercussions. Rather than accepting this way of thinking, we advocate a better future in which sexual assault is condemned without a second thought.
HOW IS CONSENT RELEVANT?
Building a consent culture is the first step, but a vital one. By promoting consent, we are reminding society that violations of someone's agency should never be taken lightly. Rather than continuing to teach that the blame is on victims, we want it known that consent is always an established right, not a removable luxury. Creating a consent-based culture is the groundwork to battling sexual assault as a whole and while we don't expect it to eradicate sexual assault altogether, we believe that it's a message worth putting out there.
HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Anyone can make a difference by simply listening and speaking out. We don't believe that change takes place with the actions of a single person, but instead a community of people that come together as one. Whether it is standing up for survivors, participating in a march, calling your local representative, submitting an creative piece, or putting your best foot forward, no one is insignificant. Our work can only be successful if we can inspire others to stand tall and fight the good fight. Project Consent alone cannot end rape culture, but with the help of our followers, it's a reachable goal made more tangible with every voice that joins in.
Much like a doctor must diagnose a disease before treating it, the first step in combating sexual assault is raising awareness to the public and promoting an understanding that there is a grievous issue with the way sexual assault is treated in society. The conversation about sexual assault is one that must occur in order for change to take place within all society.
At Project Consent, we believe that education is a vital part of the fight against rape culture. To further this goal, we have created sex ed curriculums with a focus on consent. We hope to inspire greater dialogue regarding sexual assault, because anyone can make a difference in and educating their peers about the reality of rape culture.
In a world that seems to encourage rape culture in every way, it is imperative that survivors of sexual assault are given the support and resources they may need. Project Consent works to provide those for survivors, whether in the form of specialized care, such as access to crisis hotlines, or a reassuring and accepting community.