#PROJECTSAAM2018: WEEK FOUR ROUND UP

Throughout April, Project Consent has gathered news stories for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). As #PROJECTSAAM2018 comes to a close today, let's round up the latest from this week. Remember that even though April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month may be over today, the world always needs more advocates to combat sexual assault and raise awareness for consent.

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE TO "CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, CHANGE THE CULTURE"

Project Consent’s latest campaign, Change the Conversation, Change the Culture is a narrative film series that seeks to provide a platform for victims whose stories have been swept under the rug. We’ve teamed up with survivor and actor Abigail Breslin, and filmed her powerful poem “1 in 4.” Using her poem as the basis, we created four other short stories scripts that are now ready to be turned into films. These stories left to be filmed shed light on the rape culture still found in our society today while also providing a voice to silence survivors. Project Consent is raising funds to support this campaign to further bring these films into fruition.

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IS THERE SPACE FOR SATIRE IN THE CURRENT CONSENT CONVERSATION?

Is there a difference between your friend mocking your sex life and the President of the United States telling the world it’s okay to grab women so long as you’re famous or important? Of course there is. And therein lies the problem - in our everyday lives, when are jokes just jokes, and when are they damaging to the effort to create a world where consent is not a question but a guarantee?

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THE SEXUALIZATION OF WOMEN IN MEDIA: WHAT IS IN AN AD?

We are bombarded with images of sexualised women without even realising it because the concept of women as sexual objects has been so normalised that we don’t question it. The objectification of women in media starts off with seemingly harmless erotic images, and escalates into depictions of women in degrading and even violent situations. Images may seem harmless, but normalizing the idea that women are passive sexual objects, and trivialise sexual violence, translates into everyday acts of gender-based violence.

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WHAT IS A RAPE KIT?

A rape kit is a way of collecting evidence from an assault from the clothing, belongings, or body of a survivor of assault. Sexual Assault Forensics Exams, commonly known as rape kits, help collect and preserve DNA and other evidence that may be used in court or to receive proper medical care.Victims do not have to report an assault in order to get a rape kit done. The exam helps to safely store evidence if one chooses to report in the future.

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RELATIONSHIPS, SEX, & CONSENT: THE MEDIA IS LYING TO YOU

What we see in TV and movies are not always how consent and relationships work. A woman sleeping around doesn’t make her a slut; a man sleeping around doesn’t make him a legend. Catcalling isn’t a compliment - it’s street harassment. Clothes don’t give anyone a green light for sex or attention, and women aren’t always fans of extreme dominance. It’s important to be aware of the messages we are being fed, and remember that reality doesn’t always match what’s on the screen.

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