Our most popular program is our 60-minute flagship show, Speak About It, a performance about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships intended for mature high school or college audiences. Using a combination of humorous yet provocative skits, interactive dialogue, and powerful monologues, Speak About It empowers students by providing real-life examples and practical tools surrounding consent, sexual assault, and bystander intervention.
Each of the educators in the five-person show undergoes sexual assault response training and speaks passionately, onstage and off, about the importance of affirmative consent, comprehensive sex education, and taking an active role in ending sexual violence.
Speak About It captures what healthy sex can and should look like, and gives students the tools to talk honestly about it. The performance is inclusive of all genders, sexualities, and choices, and our skits and monologues use language which reinforces that inclusivity. Our educators hail from diverse identities and backgrounds, and we strive for students to relate and resonate with the people they see and the stories they hear on stage.
We recognize that everyone has a story about their experience with sex. Our show validates those differences by sharing a range of true stories that represent a number of different attitudes, identities, and histories around sex, from long-term monogamous relationships, to abstaining from sex, to same-sex assaults, to what the healing process can be like for survivors, and more.
It’s 2018, and with #metoo and shifting Title IX guidelines, sexual assault is increasingly at the forefront of a national conversation. So is Speak About It. We’ve all heard alarming statistics about assault and read stories from survivors. Sexual assault certainly isn’t new, and conversations about consent aren’t either, but it's clear that education around this issue needs to go further than ensuring a bare minimum of consent when it comes to hooking up. That’s what Speak About It is dedicated to changing. Our show promotes an affirmative consent model, centering healthy relationships, communication, and pleasure, and encouraging folks to figure out and respect individual boundaries and desires. It fosters respect, empathy, and active listening in partners, regardless of the nature of their relationship.
In post-show conversations, our educators work with students to ask difficult questions that get at the root of sexual violence. What are some barriers to asking for consent? Is it really that awkward? Why don't we intervene when we see a friend is in trouble? We help students find answers and develop strategies that they can put into practice in their own lives individually and as a community.
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"Speak About It cleverly combines respectful discourse around sexual assault and a sex-positive display of variations in college relationships. The consistently-engaging performance speaks to every student in the audience. I was particularly impressed with the successful effort to incorporate variations in gender identity and sexual orientation. Students left feeling validated and empowered to support each other in making healthy choices. -Administrator, Braindeis University
Speak About It works to incorporate cultural references, information, jokes, and resources specific to each institution we visit. Customizing the show as much as possible creates a connection with the audience, engaging them through familiarity and humor and allowing us to discuss sexual assault and consent in a context the audience can understand and relate to. When you book a performance of Speak About It, our staff will work with you to gather the information necessary to develop a customized script that meets the needs of your institution and best engages your students.
Small-group discussions following the performance create space to teach students practical ways to ask for and give consent, provide useful strategies for bystander intervention, and lay groundwork for supporting survivors of sexual assault.
For colleges: Our educators will work with your student leaders before the performance to create discussion prompts specific to your school culture and provide guidance and structure for leading the conversation with their peers.
For high schools: Our educators will work with your student leaders before the performance to create discussion prompts specific to your school culture and co-facilitate conversations with student leaders and their peers following the show.
We recommend that facilitated small-group discussions with audience members occur immediately after the show. Debriefing sessions following presentation-based programming promote critical thinking, encourage goal setting and action planning, strengthen understanding of the issues, provoke self-reflection, and allow students to learn from peers who share different beliefs or experiences. Engaging students in a follow-up discussion led by their peers will better prepare them to navigate consent and bystander intervention on your campus and beyond.
Since our inception in 2010, we have presented to over 300,000 high school and college students across the country and around the world, sparking dialogue and encouraging change. Our flagship show is best suited for late high school and early college audiences. It can be performed for first-years as part of orientation programming, for student leaders, athletes, campus leaders, members of Greek organizations, LGBTQ+ clubs, theme weeks and more. We are only on each campus for a relatively short period of time, so the presentation is designed to engage and empower audience members to continue the conversation with each other long after the show has ended. We include facilitated discussions or student leader trainings free with any show.
If you are looking for programming for younger high schools, or for an in-classroom presentation or interactive workshop, check out our Custom Programs page.
Resources & Support
We realize that we are tackling issues that may be difficult to process for some audience members, so we ask that representatives from local sexual assault response groups as well as on-campus resources be physically present and available throughout the performance. Each show includes a discussion of on- and off-campus support resources specific to your institution and local community. We also maintain a directory of resources for each institution we serve here on our website, making them conveniently available for audience members to access after the show.
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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