Check out our new campaign that went live this week, on Tuesday 27th October 2015.
Join in with us, and the campaign, on social media by using #ConsentIsEverything and visit the website www.consentiseverything.com
Information about the campaign
Sexual consent and how to get it is the focus of an awareness campaign launched by Thames Valley Police and the Thames Valley Sexual Violence Prevention Group.
Helen Neighbour - Co Director said: Here at Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern & South Bucks) we are delighted to be a member of the Thames Valley Sexual Violence Prevention Group, and the potential impact this valuable campaign can have. The message of the campaign is so very important and often misunderstood. We hope it will provide the much needed clarity on what sexual consent really means. We believe the analogy of the cup of tea is just genius, and no doubt will have many people talking. Show your support by following us and joining in with the social media.
The #ConsentisEverything campaign shines a light on sexual consent and the responsibility to get consent, rather than assume it has been given and aims to better educate people about gaining sexual consent and comes as part of ongoing work by the Thames Valley Sexual Violence Prevention Group made up of Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire), Oxford University Student Union and Thames Valley Police.
Detective Chief Inspector Justin Fletcher, from Thames Valley Police, said: “The law is very clear. Sex without consent is rape.
“It is the responsibility of individuals to make sure they have consent throughout sex. True consent can only be given freely by someone with the capacity to make a decision. To have sex with someone who is unable to give consent, or is agreeing under coercion, is to have sex without their consent.
Director of Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre Lisa Ward said: “We have joined together to make people aware of the law surrounding sexual violence, which clearly places the emphasis on getting consent - not to assume it is received.
“Consent is an ongoing dialogue, not just at the point of initiation but throughout sex and throughout relationships.
“Survivors of sexual violence too often blame themselves and we want to send a clear message that rape and sexual violence is only ever the fault of the perpetrator.”
For too long there have been myths around the subject of consent, particularly that it is a “grey” area. Confusion around consent has been the result of historical distortions. In reality it has never been a “grey” area, and this campaign, which we are proud to be part of makes that clear.”
Co-chair of ‘It Happens Here’, Oxford University Student Union’s campaign to bring awareness to and end sexual violence at Oxford University, Eden Tanner, said: “It is vital that the community-at-large has a good understanding of the law around consent – without it a culture flourishes that leaves perpetrators unchecked and survivors silenced. We as a community have a responsibility to be talking about consent, and making it clear that consent is affirmative, communicated, active, mutual, free, sober, and enthusiastic.”