This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)
This week our office banded together with victim service advocates, community members, and other professionals as a call to action to raise awareness of victims’ rights to consent. We believe that “there is no excuse and never an invitation to rape”. April 26th,1999 marked the start of an ongoing protest after an Italian Supreme Court conviction was overturned because the justice department felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she would have had to remove them herself, therefore implying consent. Under no circumstance should a victim’s experience be downplayed based on what someone else may view as consent. Consent IS “the explicit permission for something to happen or take place.” If you did not WILLINGLY say yes, the answer is NO! The professionals at the National Center for Victims of Crime wear jeans to protest common misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. Some are if people drank less sexual assault wouldn’t happen, women make men do it by how they dress, or since they had sex before it isn’t sexual assault. Lack of consent is missing in all of the before mentioned statements. We encourage you to dismantle the myths about sexual assault and to take a stand, spread knowledge, and inform others about what it means to give consent. Let’s start a conversation!