"Did we tell you yes?"
"," Did you ask before?
What if tomorrow these messages were explicitly placed on condom packaging?
This is one of the objectives of the Sexe & Consentement association which has just officially launched its petition "
No Consent, No Sex
Which has already collected more than 16,000 signatures on Change.org.
Addressed to the Ministry in charge of Equality between Women and Men and to the Ministry of Health, it aims to make compulsory the inclusion of legal notices relating to sexual consent on advertising and packaging of all health-related products and to sexual pleasure.
Positive and simple messages, inscribed on the condom packaging would thus appear, as well as on those of other contraceptives, toys of a sexual nature, on dating, erotic and pornographic sites, etc. An approach supported by Family Planning, UN Women France and Generation Equality Voices.
What is the concept of consent?
What is consent?
In all cases, it must be:
sexual consent must be the expression of a free and voluntary choice for all those concerned. Not speaking out or saying “no” does not mean giving consent. People who are unconscious or under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot give their consent. Sex is not consensual if it takes place under duress or threat. Other situations may prevent a person from giving their consent freely, for example if they do not have the mental capacity to consent or if they are a minor.
Sex is not consensual if one of the people is lying or deliberately withholding certain intentions, for example if they foresee unprotected sex.
Forcing someone who is too drunk to refuse sex to accept certain practices is not the same as obtaining consent.
consenting to something (for example kissing) does not imply consent to go further.
giving consent once does not mean giving consent for all subsequent times.
Even in the middle of a sexual relationship, a person should be free to interrupt it at any time and withdraw their consent.
The question is not whether a person says "no", but whether they say "yes".
Sexual violence arises when there is no consent from one of the people involved (rape or sexual assault).
“Consent is not a contract!
It is communication that makes it possible to ensure that each sexual activity takes place with the consent of all those concerned, ”insists the NGO, Amnesty International.
Facilitating the opening of necessary discussions on sexuality and consent in schools and universities, in homes and in the public square, this is exactly the mission that the association Sexe & Consentement set itself in 2016.
“I designed this campaign several years ago when I was studying in Canada.
When I returned to France, I started working with the Ministries of Higher Education and Culture to build a campaign to prevent gender-based and sexual violence on campuses nationwide.
Today, it is time for this project to expand and reach the entire population, ”explains Éléonore Nouel, co-founder of the organization.
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The figures speak for themselves, in the field of higher education alone.
According to a 2019 study by Coline Briquet, assistant to the academic director of the IESEG School of Management and gender equality referent: “63% of women say they have suffered or witnessed physical or sexual violence on their campus and 10 % have been victims of sexual assault ”.
Data taken up by the High Council for Equality between Women and Men.
55% of universities have a monitoring and listening unit to fight against sexual and gender-based violence
Among other support provided to public authorities on this topic, Sexe & Consentement was consulted by the IGESR (General Inspectorate for Education, Sport and Research), in May 2021, as part of the audit of IEP following sexual violence on campus. Currently, nearly 55% of universities now have a monitoring and listening unit to fight against them.
“With Sexe & Consentement, we set up training courses on consent in collaboration with universities and grandes écoles around theoretical and artistic bases.
These actions are precious and more and more frequent, but in order to hope to drastically reduce gender-based and sexual violence, we must go further, reach out to the whole of society, ”adds Ella Hamonic, the other co-founder of the association which no longer restricts its target to the student public and the higher education environment.