One of the best parts about touring with this performance is getting to know people on different college campuses across the country who are passionately engaged in sexual assault prevention. Students, administrators, deans, faculty-members, sound engineers, parents.. we are so fortunate to meet great people on every campus, people who want to change their campuses and communities, people who want to end sexual assault.
Back in September when we performed at Colby College during their Orientation, we got to meet a handful of people on their campus who are actively changing how sexual assault and sexual assault prevention are talked about. One of those people is Jonathan Kalin, the junior captain of the basketball team, a member of Mules Against Violence and founder of Party With Consent. According to their website, Party With Consent,
is a movement that brings excitement to the social culture of campuses and communities through focusing on what you can do and what you can look forward to. By developing comfort and safety in party atmospheres Party With Consent ensures optimal levels of fun and safety for everyone involved. We envision Party With Consent as as an entry-point and a conversation starter – not as the ultimate solution to the very complicated problem of sexual assault. While our mission emphasizes respect and responsibility, our goals are not to decrease partying, but increase the amounts of consensual partying. PWC works to tackle the ambiguity and confusion surrounding the term “consent” through creative, unique, and unorthodox avenues.
This spring saw the first Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Party With Consent Party (a pretty incredible feat, as usually these schools are trash-talking athletic rivals) at Bates that brought together hundreds of students with live music and conversations about what consent actually looks like (or should look like) in a party atmosphere. Still in its early stages, Party With Consent has high hopes to be on every campus, in every conversation about consent, and hopes to inspire students to engage in unconventional methods of sexual assault prevention – namely, talking about it at parties. Jonathan is spearheading this mission, even recording TEDx talks about his work and his goals.
Speak About It can only be on each campus for a short amount of time – we’re there for the performance and facilitations, maybe a meal or two – so it’s up to the students and administrators to keep the conversation going after we’ve left. We hope to start the dialogue through our performance, but the next step needs to happen amongst the students. It’s our job to educate and empower, it’s your job to keep the conversation going and inspire change. Jonathan is doing that at Colby College and beyond, and we’re so excited to watch this project grow.