STRIVE at Gatorwell’s Sexual Consent campaign focuses on one of the determining risk factors for sexual assault on campus– understanding of consent. After findings from last year’s AAU Sexual Climate survey revealed that the number of sexual assaults committed at UF matches the national rate, an initiative was created to surround conversations about sexual assault around consent and what it means.
Sexual consent is an active process of willingly and freely choosing to participate in sexual activity of any kind (kissing, petting, intimate touching, oral, anal, vaginal, or digital union with or penetration of sexual organs, etc.) with one or more people.
Did you know?
- The American Association of Universities Campus Climate Survey was administered to UF students in April, 2015. UF-specific results found:20.3% of undergraduate female students, 17.6% of students identifying as non-heterosexual, and 18.2% of students who indicated in the survey that they have a disability had experienced nonconsensual penetration or sexual touching involving physical force or incapacitation since entering UF.
- The Office for Victims of Crime states that one in two transgender individuals are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives.
- People of color may have to confront both their experience and also issues with respect to protecting family or community, mistreatment by law enforcement, conforming to cultural values and norms, accessing support and help services that are not culturally and linguistically competent, and coping with derogatory and demeaning stereotypes (Women of Color Network Facts and Stats Collection: Sexual Violence, 2006).
You can’t have sex without consent, because without consent there is only sexual assault.
For more information about the STRIVE at Gatorwell’s Sexual Consent campaign, visit the Sexual Consent webpage for resources, facts and campaign materials.