Dec 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

TW: rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse

Consent. It’s a given, right? You would just say no if you didn’t want to do something, ‘cause no means no, right? Wrong. Research from Edwards et al., (2014) found that a third of male university students didn’t know what rape was, and would even go so far as to rape a woman if they knew no one would find out. According to RAINN, 75% of rape and sexual assault against women goes unreported. Why? Because 35% of victims were “unclear that it was a crime or that harm was intended” (Department of Justice, 2011). So in a world where Brock Turner can get 6 months in prison for “20 minutes of action”, and Donald Trump, who has 24 individual sexual assault claims against him, is the President of the United States, we think it’s time we had a conversation about consent, and so do our guests.

Up first is Nadia, an academic who has devoted her life to researching gendered violence. She takes us through the harrowing process of the Criminal Justice System and how inaccurate rape myths affect the culpability of victims. (@NadiaWager)

Next is Duncan; victim, survivor, and CEO of Survivors Manchester, an organisation that specialises in sexual assault services for self-identifying men. Duncan narrates his story as a victim of child sexual abuse, and how stereotypical Northern masculinity is contributing to the under reported assaults against men. (@mrmadrigal)

Last is student activist, Susuana. Susuana was instrumental to the country’s first university consent campaign “I Heart Consent”, educating students on the issue and debunking rape myths. She also tells us what a good policy looks like, and how people in authority should be held accountable for their actions. (@Susuana_Xx)

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