‘Use Your Words’ to Obtain Consent, Eliminate Uncertainty

12.15.2017 | Arts & Pop Culture, Business & Economics, Education, Family & Relationships, Politics & Law | Posted by admin | Article


Yes, we are in the midst of a culture shift as it pertains to human sexuality. And while there may not be a comprehensive rulebook to guide us on this journey, I would argue that there are simple, practically fool-proof rules to help.

And the first among them: Use your words.

Using your words and asking for explicit consent — to hold someone’s hand, for a hug, if you’d like to call a colleague after hours and chat about non-work stuff — is the surest, easiest, safest way to ensure you’re on the same page. In the past, we have often relied on more nuanced approaches, but I think the time for that methodology has passed.

Read more of my thoughts on the topic of explicit consent in this column, which first appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal. 

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Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:00


Steven not sure if Michelle has mentioned me, but I am in the process of starting a non profit focused on the prevention of sexual violence. I worked at SoCal Gas and met her through a mutual friend. I am in the process of doing the research side and putting the business plan together but she mentioned you worked with sex offenders. Anyway I want to pick your brain on this subject because the ultimate goal is changing how we educate our children regarding sex Ed , and teaching them how to establish healthy sexual boundaries. I have already reached out to the Micheal Josephson Institute because I think the 7 pillars needs to be part of education. Please email me or call me, I would love to find out about your research in this area. Best wishes, Tracey Crockett

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