Awareness around sexual harassment and consent has increased since movements like “Everyone’s Invited” put the spot light on the widespread issue in schools. When building a culture for consent, particularly for teenage boys, it isn’t about making them the villain, shaming them or making them wrong. It’s about connecting with them, recognising their own vulnerability of what it means to be a young man, understanding the pressures put on them and using that as a starting point. When those foundations have been laid, then talking about healthy relationships, sexual health, consent, boundaries and sexual harassment. When building a culture of consent it is important to recognise that every child of all genders deserves to learn the skills of consent.
Consent work with teenagers covers:
- What consent means
- Different models of consent; FRIES, enthusiastic and authentic consent
- Embodying your yes, no, uncertainty
- Stepping towards your boundaries
- What to do when things go wrong
The workshops are interactive and spacious enough for the group to ask questions along the way.