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, Speak About It is an hour-long performance that addresses 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 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 recognizes that everyone has a story about their experience with sex, and we help to validate those differences by sharing a range of true stories that represent a number of different attitudes and histories around sex, from long-term monogamous relationships to same-sex assaults and what the healing process can be like for survivors. The performance is inclusive of all genders, sexualities, and choices, and our skits and monologues use language which reinforces that inclusivity.
It’s 2016 and we’ve all heard about consent. We know it’s important. We’ve all heard alarming statistics about campus sexual assault. We’ve heard Lady Gaga’s song (or at least heard about her performance at the Oscars). Sexual assault certainly isn’t new, and conversations about consent aren’t either, but if these statistics and stories from survivors continue to be the norm, then something isn’t working. That’s what Speak About It is dedicated to changing. Our educators work with students to ask the difficult questions – What are some barriers to asking for consent? Is it really that awkward? What happens if someone turns you down? – and to help them find answers that they can put into practice. Talking about healthy sexuality, communication, and boundaries helps give students language and confidence to have these conversations with peers and partners, and is a major component in primary prevention of sexual assault.
Speak About It works to incorporate cultural references, information, 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 professional staff will work with you to gather the information necessary to develop a customized script that meets the needs of your institution.
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. Our educators will work with your student leaders before the performance to create discussion prompts specific to your school culture and provide guidance for leading the conversation with their peers. 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, allow students to learn from peers who share different beliefs or experiences, and create a supportive climate where students feel valued and respected to become contributing members of a learning community. 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.
Our program can be performed for first-years as part of orientation programming, upperclass students, athletes, campus leaders, members of Greek organizations, high school students, and more. We realize that as a performance group 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 provide tools and suggestions for different ways to give and get effective consent, especially when alcohol is involved, as well as realistic strategies for being an active bystander, leaving students feeling educated, entertained, and empowered to positively impact their campus communities. Since our inception in 2010, we have presented to over 80,000 high school and college students across the country and around the world, sparking dialogue and encouraging change.
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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