What does consent mean to university students? How is it perceived and practiced? Who is most likely to seek consent before and during sexual activity? What are the greatest barriers to creating a culture of consent? How can everyone be involved in a culture of consent so that harmful situations are identified and prevented before it’s too late?
Understanding how consent is perceived, communicated, interpreted, and acknowledged is a necessary first step toward proactive measures that prevent sexual harassment and assault. This is a priority area for campuses world-wide. Yet, there is a paucity of data on the understanding and experience of consent amongst Canadian postsecondary students and serious disagreement about what, exactly, consent means and how it can be asked for and granted.
This symposium brings together scholars, educators, and activists to discuss best practices for developing, implementing and assessing effective, consent-based sexual violence prevention programs on post-secondary campuses. We recognize that freedom from sexual abuse is a global human right for all people regardless of their gender or sexuality.
Registration is free, but we request advance reservations.