April is consent month at Oberlin. Guest speakers, a campus-based art and healing exhibit, and a series of hands-on, discussion-based workshops about all things consent will take place throughout the month. Students and campus members may participate in any of these programs.
Support consent by taking part in one or more of these events organized by the student staff members of Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct (PRSM) and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
What’s a healthy relationship? How do you know you have one? How can one heal after being sexually harmed? What does recovery look like? In what ways might mental health influence one’s ability to consent? What is the role of a bystander and what’s needed to build a community of accountability?
Attend a workshop to gain practical skills, insight, and confidence to engage with your peers and others around issues of consent. PRSM and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have partnered with several offices to present information to help you strengthen the relationships that mean the most to you.
Among the workshops presented:
The Clothesline Project
- Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17: Wilder Hall Student Union
- Wednesday, April 17: Bent Corridor, Science Center
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been created by people who have experienced sexual- or gender-based violence or in honor of someone who has.
The project is a national initiative designed 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 presented by the Nord Center.
Students: PRSM Office Hours
Stop by each Monday and Tuesday throughout the month to say hi, chat, and pick up swag. PRSM staff will be available to answer questions about consent, on and off campus support resources, and how to make a report.
Location: Wilder Hall, 303
Hours: 8-10 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays through April 30
Please note: The purpose of these office hours is not to make reports, but rather for us to share information related to reporting, consent, support resources, and PRSM programming. PRSM trainers are mandated reporters, but will only tell college officials as much as you tell them.