From high profile cases in the media to Canadian students and faculty calling for change across college and university campuses, the term “Consent” is being put under a microscope. Our understanding of this word raises communication to a whole new level in a fast paced digital world where dialogue can be as quick as a text, tweet or even a sound bite.
Consent forces us to slow down and listen to all that is being communicated. It encourages us to be aware of not only our own boundaries but also of the boundaries of others. It helps us to understand what has been communicated and to find safe space in which to express our needs, wants and desires while respecting the rights of another individual. If you’re really paying attention, consent can only deepen our connection to others; after all is this not the common link that ties the human experience together.
By Sharyn Carroll, Project Coordinator