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Why Is Consent So Confusing to Some?

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If you have been listening to the media or been on FaceBook, you might have seen the video “Consent: It’s As Simple As Tea” or, the “1 in 5” video where sexual assault is symbolized as a bear. While these videos can be a good starting point to conversation, they can also be a bit confusing as to what consent actually is. So, why are some people still so confused about consent? The confusion comes from many years of different definitions, … (Continue Reading)

Your Sexual Relationship Rights


Do you know your Sexual Relationship Rights? Many of us will be in a sexual relationship at some point in our lives. We are taught what not to do in a relationship; don’t be selfish, don’t force your partner to do something they don’t want to do, and don’t abuse your partner in any way. These are universal rules and most people follow these rules. When is the last time you were taught about YOUR sexual rights in a relationship? Unfortunately, … (Continue Reading)

“The Look”


Dating can be a very anxious experience. We have found a person we are interested in, we have gotten up the courage to express our interest and now we are exploring the relationship by getting to know each other. So many thoughts are going through our heads while on a date. “How do I look?” “Am I eating too loud?” “Did I really just bring up something embarrassing from high school?” There are so many uncertainties about dating, but … (Continue Reading)

Preparing Your Teen for Romance

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A few months ago, we posted this blog under "preparing your teen for SUMMER romance." However, romance can happen at any point in the year for your teen. That is why we thought it would be fitting to publish this post again so you can have helpful hints and tips right at your fingertips. Exams are finished, report cards are in and the last bell has rung. Your teen is done with school until the Fall. As a parent, you may have talked to your … (Continue Reading)

Respect the Survivor

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Recently, legislation has been proposed that would take away the current rights of a sexual assault survivor on a college campus. New legislation would require universities to involve the police in all sexual assault cases being reported to the campus. Why is this a negative? Currently, a survivor who is not comfortable moving forward with a potential criminal case in the courts can still seek a judicial process on campus – through Title IX … (Continue Reading)

Not Knowing is Not an Excuse

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As “Yes Means Yes” policies become more common in universities policies, some scholars have argued that such policies leave too much open for interpretation and confusion among students. Does anyone else see the irony of such an argument? Asking first is the one way to clear up any and all confusion. Imagine the alternative: “Don’t ask and instead just go for it when you think you know what your partner wants.” Such thinking is based on … (Continue Reading)

Talk to Your Student

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When is the last time you spoke with your high school or college age student? I don’t mean the quick, 5 minute “how is everything going” talk. I mean the “hey, let’s go have dinner and catch-up” kind of talk. Parents and kids lead incredibly busy lives, which can make it extremely difficult to sit down and really talk. This is a very important time of the year to have this kind of talk. With school just starting, there can be a lot of … (Continue Reading)

The DATE SAFE Project Ambassador Program Launches Today

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Today, The DATE SAFE Project has launched our program for college students who want to take the information they received from the "Can I Kiss You?" program one step further. This program is called The DATE SAFE Project AMBASSADOR Program, and now you can become a member! As a DSP Ambassador, you will have everything you need at your fingertips to begin creating a culture of consent and respect on your campus. You will get access to exclusive … (Continue Reading)

The Life of a Speaker, Part Two


This is the second part in our two part series "The Life of a Speaker." You can check out the first part here. The next morning we drove to Wilfrid Laurier University and were in an AMAZING venue. It was an older theater that the University had rented out and the perfect venue. The acoustics were great, they had air conditioning (even though the temperature dropped to 60 and it was raining.) The hosts were awesome as well. During our down … (Continue Reading)

The Life of a Speaker, Part One


Hello everyone! I am Jo Jones, Director of Initiatives with The DATE SAFE Project. I am taking over today’s blog post for a different kind of blog. Each week, we hear from Mike Domitrz about different topics related to consent, respect, bystander intervention, how-to skill sets for making positive, respectful choices, and other serious topics. Mike does some amazing work, but I don’t think people realize just how amazing the work truly is. For … (Continue Reading)

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