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[SPECIAL GUEST] Consent

 If you don’t know a whole lot about it, consent can seem like a confusing part of sexuality. It’s a topic that, until very recently, hasn’t really been discussed openly in society and in most cases is still seen as a private thing that shouldn’t be talked about.

 

This leaves a lot of us with unanswered questions. What exactly is consent? What does it look like? How do you know when you have it? The list goes on.

 

While many of us have at least some of these questions in our minds at one point or another when we start to explore our sexuality with other people, not many of us feel comfortable bringing them up with a partner. When we’re taught that talking about consent is weird at a larger level, it can make us feel like talking about it one on one is weird as well. When you think about it this weirdness is pretty bogus, why shouldn’t we be able to talk openly with a person we do something so intimate with?

 

This is where our special guest for this month’s Infobus session, Giverny Lewis from Family Planning NSW, comes in. She’ll be helping us to figure out what consent looks like, how to ask for it, how to let your partner know when something is a no-go and how to challenge bad attitudes about consent.

 

Got a question about consent that you’d like us to talk about? Submit it here!

 

Join us on Thursday the 28th January, 9pm AEST as we talk about one of the most important parts of being sexually active, consent.

 

If you want to learn a bit more about it in the mean time this video gives a pretty great basic run down, check it out!

 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Consent

Hey everybody! Welcome to another Infobus session with @Chessca_H and myself helping out. Tonight we have the amazing @Giv-SexEducator as our special guest to help us explore the issue of Consent and to pretty much answer whatever questions you want to ask her. As always we have a few anonymous questions that you have already asked us. We’ll share them through the night and Giverny’s awesome answers. We’ll use those questions as a place to start exploring the issue of consent a bit more. But as always, if there’s something you want to know, that’s what we’re here for, so ask away!

 

Before we get started, there’s a couple of very important things to remember!

 

Thing number 1.

This topic could definitely be triggering for some people. It’s really important to remember that it’s totally okay to take a step back from this conversation and go look after yourself if you start to not feel okay.  If this topic is triggering for you, or if you have experienced sexual assault, then it’s important to reach out and talk to someone about it. Click here to find someone to talk to in your area. Even though talking about it may seem like a really difficult and scary thing to do, what you have to say is important, what you’re feeling is valid and you matter heaps, so ReachOut!

 

If you find this conversation makes you feel a bit unsafe, or gives you thoughts of self-harm or ending your life, then again, it’s important and totally okay to talk to someone about it. Click here to see some options for people you can reach out to to help you be safe.

 

I am going to remind you a couple of times tonight about this, so sorry if this feels a bit repetitive, but we all really care about you heaps so that’s why we’re doing it Smiley Happy

 

Thing number 2

It’s still important to follow our guidelines in an infobus; be anonymous, be respectful and don’t talk about things in a way that might be triggering for other people. I am going to be pretty strict about anything that’s triggering tonight in particular. If you’re not sure about what’s okay and what’s not okay to say, then have a read of our guidelines here.

 

 

 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Consent

Hey hey! Looking forward to this discussion!

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

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Sounds good @Ben-RO.

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Consent

Hey guys,

I'm Giv.

 

I work at Family Planning NSW, which is a reproductive and sexual health organisation, as an Education Officer. I'm also a sex therapist, which means I am a counsellor specialising in sexual health concerns.

 

I write a bit for ReachOut sometimes too!

Really excited to talk to you all about consent tonight - happy to answer whatever questions you have!

 

 

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Hey everybody! Keen for this chat!

 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Consent

hey everyone
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

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Alright lets kick this off with some definitions !

 

What does consent mean to you?

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Consent

Hi everybody! Looking forward to tonight's chat

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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Consent

Hey everyone, really looking forward to this session with @Giv-SexEducator

 

Really want to reinforce what @Ben-RO said about being mindful during this sesh, please remember to look after yourself and be kind to yourself Smiley Happy