April is consent month at Oberlin. You can support consent by taking part in one or more of these events put on by the student staff members of PRSM and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
- Alex Leslie, Cleveland Rape Crisis
- Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilder 101
We often hear from men that they want to be more involved in preventing and responding to sexual violence but don't know how. Come meet Alex Leslie who has over a decade of experience working to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Alex will be talking about how men can become more involved in these vital efforts.
Send Nudes? A Frank Conversation about Dating in the Digital Age
- Caitlin Tully, The Center for Family Safety and Healing
- Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in Wilder 101
This workshop on dating in the digital age covers Tinder, ghosting, sexting, and more.
Film Screening & Panel Discussion
- Sunday, April 15 in Dye Lecture Hall
- Film begins at 4:30 p.m., pizza will be served at 6:15 p.m., panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.
- This event will count for Drag Ball
This documentary film follows boys and young men while they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. A panel discussion with members of the Oberlin campus community will take place immediately after the movie.
- Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17
- Two locations: Science Center Bent Corridor and McGregor Skybar
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by people who have experienced sexual or gender-based violence. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness, to celebrate the strength of those who have experienced harm, and to provide an avenue for them to courageously break the silence that often surrounds their experience. This exhibit is being presented by the Nord Center.
- Friday, April 20 and Friday, April 27
- Location: Wilder Bowl
- Free frisbees!
Consent for Men
Calling all dudes! This workshop is for people who identify as men, and it covers information about consent, communication, sex, hook-up culture, and relationships at Oberlin. This is a discussion-based workshop, and will count for Drag Ball.
- Saturday, April 7 from 2-3:30 p.m., Wilder 112
This workshop expands on the skills learned in PRSM’s Consent Essentials Training. We will explore consent: how to ask for it, how to give it, and how to navigate Oberlin-specific factors that complicate it. This workshop will be focused on consent within sexual situations, but consent exists outside of sexual contexts and the larger themes of this workshop are applicable to many non-sexual scenarios. This is a discussion-based workshop, and will count for Drag Ball.
- Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wilder 112
Bystander Intervention for Faculty and Staff
Bystander Intervention discusses how we, as members of the Oberlin community, have a responsibility to prevent sexual misconduct. This workshop provides staff and faculty members with tangible strategies for identifying and preventing sexual misconduct while emphasizing that safety is the ultimate goal for all.This is the same Bystander Intervention workshop Oberlin students attend, but some of the content has been tailored specifically for faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided.
- Thursday, April 12 , noon-1:30 p.m., Wilder 115
Party Planning and Anti-perpetration
This workshop is structured by four major scenarios that focus on the following topics: fire/medical emergency, overcrowding, serving alcohol, and interacting with law enforcement. Some information on fire code and legality behind having events will be presented, but the majority of the workshop is a skillshare on how to promote a safe campus and community! This workshop will count for Drag Ball.
- Thursday, April 12 7-9 p.m., Wilder 112
Making Consent a Conversation in High School
This workshop is designed for high school students and discusses ways to set healthy boundaries with your peers, and ways to tackle sexual harassment.
- Friday, April 13 from 12:20-12:50 p.m., Oberlin High School
Bystander Intervention discusses how we, as members of the Oberlin community, have a responsibility to prevent sexual misconduct. This workshop provides students with tangible strategies for identifying and preventing sexual misconduct while emphasizing that safety is the ultimate goal for all. This is a discussion-based workshop, and will count for Drag Ball.
- Wednesday, April 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m., King 343
This workshop is designed to help everyone develop skills that would be useful when supporting someone who has experienced harm. We will talk about best practices when it comes to supporting someone (and the ways in which they are not infallible), how to avoid making mistakes, how to hold yourself accountable when you do, how to navigate your boundaries as a support person, and how to support someone in reporting or choosing not to report. This is a discussion based workshop and will count for Drag Ball.
- Thursday, April 19, 7-9 p.m., Wilder 112
If you’ve ever wondered “What the heck is a healthy relationship! I’ve never seen one of those!” or just wanted to learn more about enhancing your own relationships this is your workshop! This workshop will explore the unhealthy norms we establish in all types of relationships! It will also uplift the healthy behaviours that foster communication and help students work to understand what their own personal needs are in relationships. What are the things you need? What are your boundaries? Come for the fun and leave excited to give love to your community. This is a discussion-based workshop, and will count for Drag Ball.
- Monday, April 23, 7-9 p.m., Wilder 112
PRSM Office Hours
PRSM staff will be available to answer questions about consent, on and off campus support resources, and how to make a report. Stop by to say hi and pick up swag.
Location: Wilder 303
Hours by appointment: Schedule an appointment via email.
Please Note: The purpose of these hours is not for making reports, but rather for us to share information related to reporting, consent, support resources, PRSM programming. PRSM Trainers are mandated reporters, but will only tell the college as much as you tell them.