Here's what people are saying about Speak About It
"Speak About It provides a thoughtful and engaging program that helps students recognize the important role they can play in creating a safe, inclusive community. Partnering with Speak About It has been an important component to Penn's efforts to prevent and respond to issues of sexual and interpersonal violence."
- Karu Kozuma, Ed.D., Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Pennsylvania
"We have tried many different approaches to talking about sexual assault awareness and prevention on our campus and each program left me feeling like we hadn’t quite hit the mark. Most notably, we had missed the opportunity to talk about how relationships on college campuses can be healthy and good. We developed Speak About It because we thought we could tackle the complexities of these issues and this program does just that. It’s powerful, compelling and humorous and watching and listening to the reactions of the First Years made it clear that we’d finally gotten it right. I credit Speak About It with shifting the culture around dating, relationships, sex and sexual assault on our campus in a healthy and positive way."
- Tim Foster, Dean of Student Affairs, Bowdoin College
"It’s not easy find programming that leave faculty, staff and students all equally happy, so all of us involved in scripting what the First Year Class sees and hears in those crucial first few days on campus feel fortunate enough indeed to have found you. And, while your message and its presentation were already right on target when you came here for the first time last year, those of us who already knew Speak About It were absolutely blown away this year by the subtle refinements and adjustments to your script and performance. Our First Days committee had looked for years to find the best way to talk to our newly arrived charges about what we consider to be the most important and pressing community issue on our campus, and we all feel most fortunate to have found Speak About It. Well done!"
- David Johnson, Dean of First Year Students, Williams College
"The consensus opinion is that Speak About It has been the best program we have presented to first-years in recent memory. We absolutely would recommend it to other institutions."
- Meredith Harper Bonham, Senior Associate Dean of Students for Strategic Initiatives/Title IX Coordinator, Hamilton College
"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. I recommend Speak About It to any campus hoping to honestly and effectively inform students about sexual assault and violence."
- Jessica Pedrick, M. Ed, Program Coordinator for Gender and Sexuality Diversity, Brandeis University
"The [mid-semester] Speak About It performance was the culmination of three weeks of sexuality programming. It was funny, powerful, personal and relatable. Whatever your orientation, relationship status, or experience, Speak About It offered insights, information, and great one-liners to try out with peers and partners."
- Clara Porter, Coordinator - Campus Safety Project, University of Southern Maine
About Our High School Programming
"Speak About It offers high school students an honest, compelling, and realistic look at the issues of healthy relationships, sexual decision-making, and consent. The performance and facilitated discussion provide students with tools to make decisions that are consistent with their values, respect others, and protect their health and safety. This is a must-see performance for graduating students preparing to navigate independent living or college life. The show provokes excellent discussion and reflection on the part of young adults who need guidance on how to develop healthy relationships."
-Dr. Elinor Scully, Associate Head of School, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
"As a senior orientation assistant, I have re-lived orientation four times. Over the past four years I have seen a plethora of presentations, few as engaging, effective, and relatable as Speak About It. The program was clearly designed for college students by students who had been there, and who understood how awesome, challenging, and confusing college relationships can be. Speak About It successfully begins a conversation that few know how to start. Their performance addresses those moments that few people talk about (let alone educators), from the surprising 'I like this', to the more challenging 'How did I get here?' and 'How do I get out of this?'. My only regret was that they did not come to Bates earlier!"
- Kate Maxwell, Bates College '12
"I was significantly impressed with the show's ability to be funny, sincere and serious. I was not expecting to learn anything from it, but I think that the demonstration skits were very enjoyable, engaging to watch, and informative. Thank you for teaching me!" - First Year Man
"I really thought this was an amazing performance. It was extremely relatable, powerful, and dramatic. 10/10. Amazing." - First Year Woman
" The Speak About It performance was inclusive of many different perspectives on sexuality and sexual expression. Thank you for helping me realize I should have a clear understanding of my expectations and to not expect others to share my views." - First Year Woman
"Now THIS is real sex ed!" - First Year Man
"This is the best educational performance I gave ever seen because it was so real and honest and non-preachy. I gained a lot of useful knowledge and tips that I will use in college, and I think that many of my classmates felt the same way." - High School Woman
"This was a wonderful experience, truly unlike anything I've ever experienced. The performers handled such a delicate topic with grace, aplomb, (a healthy dose of humor), and most importantly, respect. I highly recommend this to everyone, regardless of gender, lifestyle, or sexual orientation." - First Year Woman
"Teaching college students how to ask for consent and how to intervene to prevent a friend from a potentially unsafe situation is incredibly difficult. The cast of Speak About It wowed me with their ability to deliver those critical life skills in a way that is engaging and entertaining while still taking the issue very seriously. It is a fantastic proactive approach to preventing sexual assault and I would love to see every college bring this performance to their campus."
- Chelsea Rock Phelps, Youth Advocate, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
"Speak About It does what many people in the sexual violence prevention field previously thought was impossible: it combines humor, healthy sexuality, and consent in nuanced and entertaining ways while simultaneously treating the issue of sexual violence on college campuses with respect and sensitivity. The dialogue is real and sounds like college students talking, instead of what adults might think college students sound like. Watching the actors of Speak About It perform is fun, engaging, and students will learn valuable lessons to last them a lifetime."
- Cara Courchesne, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
"Speak About It does an amazing job of honoring the voices of survivors of sexual violence while having a kind and honest conversation about consent. Exceptional, too, is that the organizers of Speak About It seek to partner with local sexual assault agencies and always have advocates at their performances. As a community working to end sexual violence, we all need to be talking about healthy, consensual sex and Speak About It is a wonderful tool with which to get started."
- Katie Kondrat, SART Program Manager, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
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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