The same way that we partner and encourage relationships with on- and off-campus resources at every university we visit, we also want to provide resources for primary prevention purposes. We realize that there are numerous resources available to survivors of sexual assault and their friends and families. However, it’s also important to encourage and promote dialogue as a preventative measure against sexual assault. By starting a conversation about preventing sexual assault, we actively encourage social and cultural change in regard to healthy sexuality. Speak About It has already incorporated one form of primary prevention into the performance through Bystander Intervention but we also want to focus on healthy sexuality.
Healthy sexuality is defined by one’s ability to control, enjoy and understand their sexual and reproductive behaviors, in a responsible manner that allows an individual to express their sexuality in a social environment. This would allow individuals to explore sexuality and its personal importance, as well as helping to expand a culture of acceptance. The greater understanding we have in regards to our own bodies, desires and boundaries, the better we develop our communication skills, both sexually and non-sexually. A conversation about sexual assault education without mentioning primary prevention and promotion of healthy sexuality is an incomplete one.
So, where does that leave us? How can we promote and encourage simultaneous development of healthy sexuality and primary prevention? We are proud to announce that as of early 2012, we are in an affiliate program with Babeland. Babeland is a women-friendly place to purchase sex toys, but is also promotes conversations about sex. Their website offers a Q&A section, and in their own words their goal is “to promote and celebrate sexual vitality by providing an honest, open and fun environment; encouraging personal empowerment, community education, and support for a more passionate world.” Whether you’re a first-timer, seasoned veteran, survivors of sexual assault, or just someone who wants to learn something new, Speak About It and Babeland provide a space for you to have a conversation about healthy sex and sexuality. That’s what makes this partnership special. So, without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to Babeland.
 American College Health Association, “Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence,” August 2008.
 Virginia Healthy Sexuality Workgroup, “Healthy sexuality for sexual violence prevention: A report on promising curriculum-based approaches,” Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance.