Calgary Gets Consent Campaign at MRU
#CalgaryGetsConsent is a campaign initiated by the Calgary Sexual Health Centre with the intent of creating a consent-focused community. The overall goal of #CalgaryGetsConsent is to raise awareness and provide education about consent by creating a community-wide conversation, and to provide community members with tools to discuss consent. Recognizing that consent is important at all ages, from birth into old age, this campaign aims to normalise consent in all aspects of our lives.
In partnership with #CalgaryGetsConsent, MRU will be providing workshops, programs and events themed around consent. Diversity and Human Rights and the Student’s Association of Mount Royal University are spearheading the campus launch to promote awareness about consent- what it means, what it looks like and ways to ask.
To find out more about the campaign go to calgarygetsconsent.ca
Consent is defined as:
Consent is when people share their boundaries and are given clear permission before a specific activity – whether that be a hug, a back rub, a kiss, or sexual activities. It is an informed, voluntary, and mutual decision that people feel good about. All people involved understand what they are agreeing to, and have had a conversation about boundaries so that each person involved feels safe and heard. Consent is an ongoing conversation, and can be withdrawn at any time if one of the people involved feels uncomfortable, even if that person gave consent in the past for the same activity. Consent can be verbal (including sign language) or non-verbal, so long as the words and actions used are clear for everyone involved. It is everyone’s shared responsibility to seek and receive consent.
Some key aspects of consent are:
- Consent is the communicated agreement sexual activity.
- There are many ways that consent to sex can be communicated through words, sign-language, sounds, or body-language. During sex, ensuring that consent is there is key to a positive sexual experience.
- Consent is ongoing, and required throughout each interaction. Just because someone is saying yes to one particular sexual act, doesn’t mean they are saying yes to another, and they may change their mind mid-way through.
- It is always up to the person pursuing the sexual interaction, to ensure consent is there. The lack of a no does not mean a yes.
- Even in long-term relationships, consent is required.
- Only adults can consent to other adults.
- A person must be awake and know what is going on to consent. If they are too drunk, high, passed out, or asleep, consent is not possible.
- A worn down no is not a yes. If someone does not seem like they want to, or are not into it, respect their feelings and boundaries, do not try and convince them