SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – April 13, 2017 – Many researchers and educators working in the sexual and reproductive health field have been pleased to see increased attention being paid to the standard of Affirmative Consent as a framework for sexual assault policies. As more and more schools, universities and organizations adopt this standard, there is a need to help young people understand the policy and develop the communication skills they need to practice the principles of consent.
ETR’s Teaching Affirmative Consent: Practical guidelines to increase student understanding is an exciting new supplement designed to help schools and communities offering sexual risk reduction programs deliver information about affirmative consent, the increasingly popular standard for sexual conduct policies. Under this standard, broadly known as "Yes Means Yes," each person involved in a sexual encounter needs to be clear about giving and getting consent for any sexual activity.
A culture of consent is one in which it is the norm, and not the exception, for all persons to obtain consent prior to sexual experiences. Many educators and young adults feel this policy shift is a step in the right direction and has the potential to create positive change. We think teaching about Affirmative Consent is a great idea. Here are some of the reasons why:
ETR is the largest producer and distributor of evidence-based interventions addressing pregnancy, STD/HIV prevention and other aspects of sexual and reproductive health. Most of the programs include activities where students practice refusal skills: saying "no" to sexual pressure. These are important skills for students to learn. However, this focus on repeatedly saying "no" can give the impression that sexual pressure is an expected norm in relationships.
Many educators now want to reframe instructional activities in ways that emphasize mutual respect and Affirmative Consent. This supplement is designed to meet this request, by honoring the foundations of existing evidence-based programs while helping students learn about consent. It is a "green-light" adaptation for evidence-based programs.
There are 3 components in this supplement:
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