A LOOK INTO PROJECT CONSENT'S 2018 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

At the start of every new year, it’s tradition to come up with a set of resolutions to help us improve ourselves from the years prior. This helps us reflect on where we made mistakes in the past, and how we can apply what we’ve learned as lessons for the future. This year, Project Consent has created a list of resolutions too, which can help us all look back on 2017 and guide us into a better year.

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A ROUND UP OF WINS IN 2017: THE MOMENTUM DOESN'T STOP HERE

2017 brought in some great triumphs that deserve to be celebrated. However, the fight doesn’t stop here. These launched movements need to carry on into the new year. Sexual assault survivors around the globe have gained momentum as the year comes to a close, but it’s up to us to continue this progress and encourage survivors to speak up. The change doesn’t stop here - let’s welcome 2018 with even more determination.

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THEY'RE NOT PLAYING HARD TO GET, THEY'RE JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU

When someone has decided they’re not into you, we call it “hard to get” and keep chasing. It softens that gut-wrenching punch that rejection typically comes with. The mentality of playing this “hard to get” game is dangerous, and here’s why: the dictionary definition of playing hard to get is to “pretend to be inaccessible or uninterested.” On the other hand, harassment is defined as “the act of unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group.”

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BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE: THE BLURRED LINE BETWEEN CONSENT AND COERCION

The lyrics are still problematic by today’s standards because, to be quite honest, it sounds like he’s trying to drug her. The dubious and predatory nature of the dynamic in this song is even clearer in the original version, in which the woman was presented as a “mouse,” and the male as “wolf.” We can clearly see that these song lyrics depict a situation of dubious consent. As the song continues, it’s clear the woman is not sure if she wants to stay, but decides to, after much debate. This is problematic because there’s a distinct difference between someone consenting with a resounding “yes” as opposed to a “sure, since you asked.”

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SENATOR AL FRANKEN RESIGNS FROM SENATE DUE TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

The call for Franken’s resignation from the public and his fellow senators should be taken as a sign. A sign that we will not accept the unacceptable anymore and that we will not be afraid of the “power” so many have used to take advantage of others. This is a turning point, a step in the right direction towards living in a consent-based culture instead of victim-blaming, and towards seeing all perpetrators punished for the harm they cause others.

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TIME'S 2017 PERSON OF THE YEAR ARE THE SILENCE BREAKERS

2017 has been filled with heartbreaking stories of survivors coming forward of their sexual assault but it has also been the year where the media has begun to recognize just how serious the problem is. Yesterday, TIME Magazine announced that its Person(s) of the Year was “The Silence Breakers”, the voices that launched a movement - the individuals who came forward with their stories of their sexual harassment. 

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IN TODAY'S NEWS, TV HOST MATT LAUER FIRED DUE TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Following the detailed complaint about Lauer’s workplace sexual misconduct received Monday night, NBC News president Andrew Lack acted quickly. Lack described the allegation to have “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.” Additionally, Mr. Lack stated that “[w]hile it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

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