What’s Missing? NOMORE.org interviews Party With Consent on what’s missing from the talk about sexual assault.

In an interview with the team from NOMORE, Party With Consent founder, Jonathan Kalin, reflects on how society talks about sexual assault, and, more specifically, what’s missing from that conversation. In the interview Jonathan reflects on ideas like, Closing the reality gap: “When I’m talking to guys about sexual assault on campus, a lot of them say: ‘Does this even happen here?’ It’s important to get the truth out—sexual violence does happen on college campuses—to build empathy. Women aren’t simply whining when they say they’re unsafe. and not treating sex as a commodity: “We talk about ‘giving’ or ‘getting’ consent for sex. This commodifies our bodies and our sexuality: I ‘give’ someone money to ‘get’ food at the dining hall. I want to change the conversation around consent, from giving and getting to creating consent. It’s not about ‘scoring’ or hitting a ‘home run.’ For the sexual culture to change, the language needs to change, too.” The full interview can be found here. NOMORE is an organization focused on ending sexual assault and domestic violence through spreading awareness and promoting constructive conversation. Their website can be found...

It’s a start – Anti-sexual assault PSA from the White House

By: Fritz Parker Back in April, the White House released a public service announcement in conjunction with their new 1 is 2 Many campaign to prevent sexual violence. The video – which features Vice President Joe Biden alongside some recognizable celebrity faces – immediately went viral, receiving an unprecedented amount of positive support from the online community. The PSA hits all the right notes, tasking men with questioning the culture of violence and victim blaming that they see around them, while specifically targeting the groups who need the message most: teens and college students. But a 60-second video clip only means so much. Just 48 hours after the PSA hit the web, the Department of Education officially published a report listing 55 colleges and universities with open Title IX sexual-assault investigations. The report is a sobering indication that the PSA’s goals are far from realized, and a reminder of why it was needed in the first place. These two events provide a great snapshot of where we are as a society in terms of preventing sexual assault – which is to say not where we should be. But they also show that the cause of prevention is continuing to gain traction in all kinds of places where it is so badly needed. The White House realizes that the way to create real, sustainable change is to reach young people, and that there are few better forums for that than online. Celebrities like Daniel Craig, Steve Carrell and Benicio del Toro aren’t going to prevent sexual assault, but they can start to influence the social standards that young people in...