The Consent Workshop The Normalisation of Men's Sexual Assault is the Monster We Have Made

The Normalisation of Men’s Sexual Assault is the Monster We Have Made

When we think of sexual assault, we are hard-wired to think of women and their experiences. According to the UN Women, an estimated 736 million women—almost one in three—have been subjected to intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at least once in their life (30 per cent of women aged 15 and older) and this figure does not include sexual harassment. When it comes to centring men’s experiences, however, some pitfalls exist to undermine our approach. First, we need to establish that sexual assault against men is more common than we think. Whether in childhood or as adults, at least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse… Read More

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The Consent Workshop Sexual Assault: Why We Must Expand Our Definition of Sex

Sexual Assault: Why We Must Expand Our Definition of Sex

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness on the issue of sexual violence while also focusing on prevention education. Depending on how one is exposed to the media, sexual assault is quite the topical staple: in news headlines, on social media, plot devices in movies, and so on. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements did play a part in normalising conversations around harassment and sexual abuse, helping survivors to speak freely on their pain and trauma, and attempted to hold perpetrators accountable. Be that as it may, statistics still paint a grim picture. Globally, about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to… Read More

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