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With The DATE SAFE Project’s Founder, Mike Domitrz, you get one of the leading voices on healthy dating, consent, bystander intervention, and sexual assault throughout the world. You get real-life examples from a critically-acclaimed author and speaker to share with your audience. Since Mike’s sister was sexually assaulted in 1989, he has devoted his life to helping protect others.
Plus, you get an organization that understands the media needs compelling and powerful information which the audience or reader can relate to in a meaningful and/or entertaining fashion. Whether you need a fun perspective on dating or a hard-hitting segment on sexual violence, you will be given captivating material by everyone here at The DATE SAFE Project.
The Founder of The DATE SAFE Project, Mike Domitrz, interviewed by CBS Channel 8
The PERSONAL Story Behind Our Mission
What does The DATE SAFE Project have such an intense passion and drive to dramatically change society’s approach to healthy dating, verbal communication, sexual decision-making, bystander intervention, and sexual assault?
In 1989, our Founder, Mike Domitrz, received a phone call that his sister had been raped. As he held the phone tightly to his ears, he simply could not believe what he was hearing. For two years, he struggled to deal with the rape and the effect it had on his life. During this time, Mike was in college and he discovered that no one was addressing one of the most serious causes of sexual assault – a lack of having verbal consent. The average person was NOT relating to the importance of needing to have verbal permission before engaging in an intimate act with another person. Most individuals did not even realize that their current dating practices were based on standards of disrespect. Mike decided to make a difference.
From the very beginning of his work, Domitrz heard people complaining that most sexual assault seminars and experts were boring and depressing. Parents were detaching from reality by saying, “My child would never do that.” Their kids were doing “that” and worse. Thus, Domitrz wrote and started performing a “one person show” that used humor in a powerful and effective manner ~ humor that would open people’s minds. Once people were laughing, they were much more likely to listen. With everyone’s attention glued to the program, the opportunity for change could occur. The name of Mike’s program became “Can I Kiss You?” and has gone onto to be presented in schools and at conferences throughout the World each year.
In 2003, the “Can I Kiss You?” program lead to the founding of The DATE SAFE Project. Since that time, The DATE SAFE Project has gone on to produce 2 critically-acclaimed books, an award-winning DVD for parents, the #1 selling educational poster series on verbal consent, and a complete line of “Asking First” apparel.
Unlike most organizations and experts who’s information is based solely on research, The DATE SAFE Project stays in-touch with today’s students, singles, and parents on a daily basis. By doing so, we have a clearer and more up-to-date understanding of what everyone is experiencing in the current dating world. In any given week, our presenters may be giving live seminars to over 5,000 people. In addition, our team is lead by several parents of teenagers. The DATE SAFE Project has a personal investment in every lesson we share.