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 Welcome to Campaign 4 Consent!

 

What is consent?

The concept of consent is easy. If someone wants to engage in sexual intercourse, they will give their consent – in other words, they will agree, so there is no confusion. There are no “blurred lines” when it comes to sexual activity. If someone is crying, admits to feeling pressured, says no or is unable to give consent (underage, incoherently drunk, etc), they have not given consent, and should not be persuaded or forced to do anything.

No-one should be taken advantage of when they are vulnerable, and that is a moral code which we hope a greater understanding of consent will promote. No matter what someone is wearing and no matter how much they may have been “flirting”, no-one is ever asking to be assaulted – ever. We want every student in the country to know this, so that such terrible crimes as sexual assault can be taken more seriously and can be prevented.

Consent is important; it’s there to protect us. It’s there to make sure that people cannot force someone to take part in sexual intercourse without having committed a crime. It is not a guideline, it is a code to live by; if someone doesn’t give consent, that is final – consent has NOT been given.

What is Campaign4Consent?

Campaign4Consent is a TYFA campaign to get sexual consent taught in schools as part to the SRE (sex and relationships education)National Curriculum. We believe that the current curriculum is lacking information in important areas of teaching teens how to have happy, healthy sexual relationships such as LGBT+ sex and relationships, abusive relationships or consent. We believe that all of these are important and need to be taught but it is immediately crucial for consent to be taught as it is universally relevant as well as just a very basic concept that should be common knowledge however is very often overlooked.

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  1. In school we are educated on the physical implications and effects (pregnancy, STI’s etc) but not so much on the mental and emotional effects sex can cause and I think this is something that needs to change drastically. One of the biggest and saddening facts for me is that many girls / women grow up thinking that having sex with a man is going to make them like them or seem more desirable when the reality is quite the opposite. I’ve been there and had to learn the hard way that sex shouldn’t be used as a tool or a power trip, it should be a healthy and pleasurable experience relished by both parties, whether that be in a serious or casual relationship. We should only have to learn the easy-way, and by teaching girls and boys from a young age about body autonomy and that no means no, no matter what the circumstance, I believe we will be striving towards a future where instances of rape and sexual abuse are no longer the commonplace.

  2. Just saw you three on BBC2. With girls like around there is hope. Keep on doing what you do! Much love and support

  3. Just want to say a big Well Done to the young women at Campaign4Consent for this important work. I find it inexpressibly sad that things have regressed so badly, largely (in my view) due to internet porn and the casual misogyny of rap lyrics gradually being absorbed into everyday mainstream culture.
    I was a teenager in the 1980′s in the North West of England, where indie and post-punk bands, along with alternative comedy, saw sexism, racism and bigotry as absolutely uncool. Its utterly tragic that those gains have been so unthinkingly eroded. One sort of PC tolerance (cultural/moral relativism and the reluctance to criticise ‘ethnic’ or ‘urban’ culture, like fundamentalism or gansta rap) has led to a phenomenally widespread eruption of tolerance for violent, aggressive, murderous and dismissive attitudes to women. We have sleepwalked into this situation. I watched it happen from NWA’s second album in 1990, Eminem’s first album in 1999 – right up to Rhianna, Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus (women colluding in their own despicable commoditisation). I applaud your enterprise and vigour in attempting to right this cultural wrong.

  4. Just saw your campaign featured on BBC programme ‘blurred lines’. I think what you do is extremely important and crucial in how misogyny is best confronted – through educating young men and women.

  5. This is amazing! It’s shocking how rape culture is actually a thing in our society, that rape is even seen as the victims fault in so many cases- that consent doesn’t even come in to the equation if ‘they were asking for it’. The difference between sexually acceptable and sexually unacceptable with consent should definitely be taught in schools everywhere.

  6. It isn’t part of sex education? That is crazy, shocking – surely this is a fundamentally important part of education. Do we want people who leave school to know this or not? Do we want every person to know this or not?

    Not that it should matter, but I am a man, and I’ve just come across this from Kirsty Wark’s documentary…

  7. It is important that young people are taught that they have CHOICES. Teaching about consent empowers each of us to take responsibility – so very important as one grows into adulthood. I also agree that consent is more than “saying no”, but also includes identifying one’s needs and communicating them clearly and confidently and being able to hear and accept when another person is expressing their need. WE shouldn’t be left to learn these things the hard and sometimes painful ways. Dialogue, openness and honesty.

  8. hi! I think what you’re doing is great. I heard about you from the BBC documentary ‘New Battle of the Sexes’ and I think you are doing a really good thing. As much as I try, nobody ever listens to what I ever have to say when somebody says an offensive comment towards women; even men (rarely). Even my own friends!

    Thank you. You are fantastic people! :)

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