While universities and even some high schools wrestle with how to convey that “yes means yes,” Silverberg once again distills a complicated idea — affirmative consent — into terms a grade-schooler can understand. “One way to show respect and build trust is to ask before you touch someone,” he writes. “Everyone has times when they want to be touched and other times when they do not want to be touched. And everyone has times when they change their mind.”
So good luck in all your future endeavors.
Cory Silverberg is a sexuality educator, author, and trainer. He received his Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and trains across North America on topics including access and inclusion, sexuality and disability, and sex and technology. He is the former chair of sexuality educator certification for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and is the Sexuality Guide for About.com, where he writes and blogs about sexual politics, education, culture, and health. He is currently writing a series of three inclusive books for children about sexuality for Seven Stories Press. The first, What Makes a Baby, was released in May 2013.
- York University
- Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
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