The Importance of Teaching Consent Early

Guest Info & Links: Madeline Harris , Founder of More Than No
From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Teaching how consent works early will create a safer society.
Air Date: 4/7/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Madeline Harris , Founder of More Than No
Madeline HarrisMadeline Harris is an educational speaker and “Performance Activist”: a performer that uses skills to activate discussion and positive progress in their community at large. With a Bachelor of Arts in Performance from UCLA and a passion for consent and sexual education, Harris develops speaker-series, writes and directs sketch-comedy, and produces live shows that address sexual assault and open communication regarding sex and intimacy. A survivor of sexual assault, Harris began her journey in social activism by deciding to fight against rape-culture by establishing a consent-culture nonprofit called More than “NO,” whose main purpose is to educate adults and teens about consent. Through More than “NO,” Harris began to take note of America’s lack of regard for bodily autonomy, especially in relation to women. Consequently, Harris began “Cabaret Con-Sensual.” a live, triannual, 18+ show where survivors of sexual assault and their allies can explore their frustrations and heal through performance in a fun, sex-positive, supportive atmosphere.
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The Importance of Teaching Consent Early
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Education on sexual assault starts with teaching consent. All people have the right to set boundaries with their bodies, possessions and actions. It's important to teach that it’s okay to set boundaries, and those boundaries deserve to be respected.

It's easy to teach consent to children without discussing sex. It starts with asking other people for permission to touch them or play with one of their possessions. Explain to children that it's okay for someone to say no, and that consent can be withdrawn at any time. Let them know that they do not have to accept unwanted physical contact from adults. Instruct about the difference between an enthusiastic yes and a non-response. Be sure to set a good example with consent in your own life.

Founder of More Than No, Madeline Harris, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how teaching consent early can help with sexual assault awareness and prevention.


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