ASKING for someone’s consent before sex intimacy, and RESPECTING their decision is one of the key ways in which Australians can start to eliminate sexual violence in the community. “Get a Yes!” is a community service announcement series giving voice to women’s ideas around consent.
The series will be released on Soundcloud on October 1 as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month for 2016.
The 10 part series explores what consent is, and what it isn’t, and the impact it has on creating a positive culture around respectful and ethical sex.
The series was a result of interviews and a focus group including women from four Brisbane organisations assisting people who have experienced sexual violence.
“Consent is a conversation built between two people with a foundation of respect,” said one 25 year-old female participant.
“Consent is enthusiastic – it’s positive, it’s an ongoing conversation, and it’s about sharing the power with your partner and respecting their choice, whatever that may be,” said another female participant aged 30.
In Australia, it’s been estimated that:
- Sexual assault affects 1 in 3-5 women and 1 in 6-10 men in Australia
- 1 in 6 Australians think that when a woman says no she often means yes
- 21% of women and 5% men have been forced into sexual acts against their will
- 1 in 10 Australians believe that if a woman doesn’t physically or verbally resist, it isn’t sexual assault
(Information sourced from the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety and the Australian Bureau of statistics) http://anrows.org.au/sites/default/files/Violence-Against-Australian-Women-Key-Statistics.pdf
During Sexual Violence Awareness Month in October, activities and campaigns such as Reclaim the Night will be occurring, all of which aim to ignite the conversation and community action around consent.
Sexual assault is a crime, and consent is a legal obligation which everyone is bound by in Australia. The victim is NEVER to blame. For information, support or sexual assault counselling across Australia, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
Producers: Kim Stewart, Elena Black for Community Radio 4 Triple Zed. Media Ph: 0413 397 839
Elena Black, WWILD (07) 3262 9877
Baneen Raza, BRISSC (07) 3391 2573
Michelle James, Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre (07) 3843 1823
LISTEN or DOWNLOAD the series on Soundcloud: