Each of our programs is customized specifically for every high school, college, and community we serve.
Speak About It, our flagship program, is a 50-60 minute performance about consent, healthy relationships, communication, and bystander intervention customized for your institution. Using a combination of humorous yet provocative skits, engaging dialogue, and powerful monologues, the performance educates, empowers, and entertains audience members by encouraging communication among peers and partners. The performance speaks honestly about healthy relationships, the importance of consent, realities around alcohol and sexual assault, and practical examples of bystander intervention. Speak About It promotes the “yes means yes” model of consent education for all sexual behaviors. Five professional educational actors, all of whom have undergone sexual assault response training, perform each show and speak passionately, onstage and off, about the importance of taking an active role in sexual violence prevention.
Because of the nature of our programming, we recommend pairing the performance with facilitated small-group discussions immediately following the show. Our actors are qualified to train student leaders such as RAs to lead facilitated post-show conversations that reinforce messages and themes from the show by teaching students tangible ways to ask for and give consent, practical strategies for being active bystanders, and how to support survivors of sexual assault. The facilitation strengthens and reinforces messages from the performance and provides a safer space for students to discuss new themes, ask questions, and learn about resources. The training will give your student leaders the skills they need to effectively lead conversations about consent, boundaries, and issues surrounding sexual assault after the show and throughout the academic year to come.
We are proud to offer customized presentations by individual members of our professional staff and cast. These presentations include in-depth information about consent, sexual health, communication, supporting friends, and encouraging bystander intervention. Additional topics may include safer sex practices and STI prevention, social media and sexting, understanding and communicating personal boundaries, healthy relationships, respecting different sexual and gender identities and backgrounds, and local resources for sexual health information and services. These presentations are often given to audiences of diverse ages and experiences, such as summer classes, summer programs, or communities. Each presentation is customized based on the audience’s age, experience, and size.
The following services are available upon request.
What We're Up to Now:
"Addressing Sexual Assault and 'Rape Culture,'" MPBN, June 28, 2016
"Cape students start program to stop sexual assault," WCSH-6, May 23, 2016
"'Yes means yes': Changing the way Maine looks at sexual violence," The Forecaster, April 26, 2016
"This is what you can do to fight against sexual violence," Bangor Daily News, April 4, 2016
"Dating Violence: Peer Education Offers Strong Dose of Prevention," Youth Today, March 4, 2016
- "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
“It’s not easy to 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. 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
- "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
“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
- "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
“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
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.
Copyright 2016 Speak About It, Inc. Website by Alexandra Valleau