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Feel free to share any resources you've found helpful in teaching consent in the spaces of your life! This space is for making consent a topic that's easy to talk about, which is perfect because the best way to consent (or not consent) is to communicate! Teaching consent can be challenging and there are not many resources available for teachers, parents and peers. Consent is necessary to understand in addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment. Let's help each other learn how to share information about consent, respect and communication.

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Federally funded schools adhere to Title IX regulations when dealing with sexual assault, harassment and sex-based discrimination. To understand each of these we also need a policy explanation on what consent means to the school. Do you know the consent model your school uses? or your state?

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Consent culture starts with kids. Kids who grow up believing that they and others have the right to control their own bodies are better-equipped to initiate respectful touch, to clearly say yes or no when touch is offered, and to interfere when they see someone else being violated.
Here’s a simple game that you can play with elementary-aged and older children. Not only does it teach consent and empathy, but it’s a lot of fun and great for making friends! Adults should be present to model the game, make sure the rules are being followed, and insure safety, as children playing this game can easily become rambunctious.

1. Break into pairs.

2. In each pair, one child asks his or her partner if s/he can touch them in a specific way. “Can I give you a hug?” “Can I tickle your ribs?” “Can I grab you and spin you around?”

3. If the partner wants to be touched that way, s/he says, “YES, YES, YES!” and participates in the touch.

4. If the partner does not want to be touched that way, s/he says, “No thanks!” or “Not today!”

5. If the partner refuses the touch, the child initiating the touch must do his/her best to perform the action on him/herself. This can result in some hilarious attempts at self-tickling, self-noogie-ing, etc.

6. The children switch roles. Now the second child offers a touch, and the first child can accept or decline.

7. Remind the participants that they can switch their answer from yes or no, or from no to yes, even after the touch has begun. Children may enjoy having the adults model this lesson in a silly way (“Hug! Stop! Hug! Stop!”) while still driving home the importance of permission to touch.

8. Children who fail to wait for a “yes” must wait out a round before rejoining the game. (It’s useful to have an extra adult to step in as a partner when a child goes out for a round.)

9. Children should switch partners every round or two. The game facilitators can also experiment with phrasing the offers of touch differently (“Can I have a hug?” “Will you tickle me?” “Will you grab me and spin me around?”) or including affectionate gestures that don’t include touching (“Can I blow you a kiss?”). For an additional variation, give each child a sticker or other small reward every time they complete a round while following the rules.

This is a game shared Here:

It's a simple way to demonstrate consent to young children in a safe space.

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Here is a guide for leading a group through "The Consent Game", A great outline to help educators coordinate discussions around consent. Would you use this in your classroom?
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A video for your Friday Viewing! Victim blaming is not okay, has anyone else seen any good videos addressing Victim Blaming?

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"Sexual violence is a cultural problem that can be shifted. Everyone — youth, educators, parents, doctors, students, judges — has a role to play in creating a consent culture," Crickett said. "First step is to understand sexual violence better and recognize when it's happening. Next step is to practice bystander intervention skills, so you can step in when something is happening."

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I love that there is a month for sexual assault awareness. There are so many informative articles this month that are looking at sexual assault from different perspectives. What have you seen about sexual assault this month?

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Interesting study... What does count as sexual assault?
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