A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with high schools and colleges and uses entertaining and educational performances and programs to empower students to prevent sexual violence, advocate for and practice healthy relationship habits, and create positive change within their communities.
To promote awareness of healthy sexual choices, advocate consent, and strive to prevent sexual violence through inclusive performance-based education, discussion facilitation, and provision of resources.
Sexual and relationship violence are serious issues of safety and public health on college campuses and in high schools across the country. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, as many as 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted during their college years, and 1 in 16 college-aged men are victims/survivors of attempted or completed sexual assault. In high schools, 1.5 million students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year. Sexual violence and dating abuse occur in both heterosexual and non-heterosexual relationships, with some studies suggesting that LGBT youth may be particularly at risk and underserved.
A recent wave of student activism and media attention has resulted in greater awareness surrounding this issue, but awareness doesn’t necessarily lead to behavior change. Speak About It, works to prevent sexual violence by promoting healthy relationships, sparking conversations about consent, and teaching strategies for recognizing and implementing bystander intervention.
Speak About It offers innovative, performance-based prevention education that aims to 1) promote healthy sexuality and relationships, 2) inform students about the realities of sexual assault, 3) provide tangible strategies for bystander intervention, and 4) connect audience members to campus and community resources relevant to sexual violence prevention, response, and education. Each performance features a custom script that includes specific campus references, policy language about consent, and information about available resources. We also incorporate personal stories to represent a wide range of sexual and relationship experiences and give audience members an opportunity to see themselves onstage. Entertaining and educational skits weave the performance together, leaving a lasting impression with audience members.
Our educators can also train student leaders to facilitate productive small group conversations about the show and its messages where students can continue the dialogue with peers and partners about consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships throughout the academic year and beyond.
We have sparked dialogues about consent, healthy relationships, sexual assault prevention, and bystander intervention with over 350,000 high school and college students at over 100 schools across the country and around the world. Of survey respondents, 99% of students say Speak About It provides clear examples and useful information about what it means to give and get effective consent in sexual situations and 97% reported feeling more confident about being an active bystander among their peers after viewing Speak About It. Additionally, 96% of surveyed college administrators would recommend Speak About It to their colleagues.
Seeing Speak About It provides a common experience for students to draw from as they navigate sex and sexuality, relationships, and the social scene on campus throughout their school careers and beyond. By speaking frankly about topics that are often otherwise ignored, glossed over, or tinged with shame, we offer students a vocabulary with which to understand and discuss their experiences, both positive and negative, and how to make healthy sexual choices going forward.
About The Show:
Speak About It is a performance-based presentation about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships intended for a mature high school or college audience. Using a combination of humorous yet provocative skits, interactive dialogue, and powerful monologues written by real college students, Speak About It covers a broad range of key topics in prevention education, including: consent, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. The show is an hour long, and we develop a custom script for each school or group we work with.
Each of the educators in the five-person show undergoes sexual assault response training and speaks passionately, onstage and off, about the importance of taking an active role in ending sexual violence. Speak About It is the wisdom of an array of mistakes, misfortunes, successes, and perspectives; a compilation of true stories that captures what healthy sex can and should look like, and how to spark dialogues about it.
Speak About It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with high schools and colleges to educate, entertain, and empower students to create positive change within their communities, advocate for and practice healthy relationship habits, and prevent sexual violence.
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