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Conversations on Consent: In the Fight

Members of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Student Group (#RSVPatUGA) at the University of Georgia sat down with students across campus to talk about consent. Here is what Simran Jadavji (she/her/hers) and Josh Dunn (he/him/his), In The Fight Executive Board Members, had to say…

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Simran: “We have this discussion [on consent] a lot in terms of what we do as an organization. For me, personally, consent is really the freedom to choose. In the work that we do, we talk a lot about how that choice is often missing. Even when you think it’s there, it’s really not. In our work, human trafficking is a result of coercion, and that’s a lot of what we talk about in terms of consent. Just because you said ‘yes’ doesn’t mean you truly wanted to say ‘yes.’ Intention has a lot to do with that.”

Josh: “I think a lot of what goes into consent and actually giving consent is not necessarily what’s going on in the moment but all of the different factors leading up to that moment, like where they are, who they’re with, why they’re there, what else is going on in that relationship with the person that’s asking for consent or not asking. Power dynamics are important.”

Simran: “Right now, in one of my classes, we are doing work on sexual assault, and we are talking about the affirmative consent policy and how a lack of a ‘no’ or a silence does not mean ‘yes.’ You have to actually say ‘yes.’ I think that becomes iffy with the kind of work that we are passionate about, because ‘yes’ doesn’t always mean ‘yes.’ Like Josh said, it really is taking into account all of the factors that lead up to that ‘yes.’ And sometimes, and this gets complicated, but even taking a step back culturally can be eye-opening. If you’re studying femininity and masculinity, women don’t always have the right to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It’s so ingrained in us to believe certain things. Consent is a very difficult thing to nail down.”

Josh: “We talk a lot about commercial sexual exploitation as a whole, and one of the big parts of that is prostitution. There is a very big conception that people that are prostitutes are choosing to do that. They are willingly selling their bodies, and of the biggest things we talk about that is what true consent looks like. Even if someone is making the choice to do that, if there are very limited options to take care of themselves or family or if there are threats of violence against them, threats of blackmail, it might appear that they are doing that willingly but it’s not a choice they are making without outside influence.”

Simran: “That’s a big thing for us. You might have the opportunity to choose, but if your options have already been selected for you, you’re not really choosing.”

For more #DawgsGetConsent conversations, follow @UGAhealthcenter on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services office at the University Health Center provides free and confidential services to UGA students. The office can be reached during business hours (M-F, 8am-5pm) at 706.542.8690, or 24/7 via the RSVP Hotline: 706.532.SAFE (7233). RSVP services are made possible by The Fontaine Center.

It’s Fall Y’all…

…so let’s enjoy it! Take advantage of the cooler weather and the many fall festivities happening around Athens this year! If you’re looking for a place to start,  The Fontaine Center’s PADE Group has put together a no- or low-cost bucket list of autumn activities to try out.

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#DVAM Topic: Financial Abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the The Fontaine Center’s RSVP Peer Educators at UGA have been busy hosting events to raise awareness around this issue and encourage their peers to be proactive in helping friends who may be in need. Click here for an event list and to find out how you can get involved!

Below is a note from one of the RSVP Peer Educators, Hannah Maddux, on a lesser-known aspect of domestic violence: Financial Abuse.

A common question that people leaving abusive relationships are asked is “why didn’t you just leave sooner?”. There are many factors that affect decisions to leave or not to leave, but in particular, financial abuse by a partner can be extremely difficult to overcome in cases of domestic violence.

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Who Should I Talk To?

Sexual Assault Resources at UGA: Confidential vs. Non-Confidential

No one should ever have to experience sexual assault, but it does happen. And it can be incredibly difficult to deal with your everyday life and the trauma afterwards.

It can also be difficult to navigate the different resources that are available on campus at the University of Georgia. An important first step is to know who you can speak to confidentially, as the majority of faculty and staff on campus are required to report information about sexual assault to University officials.

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Support Survivors – RSVP at UGA

What does it mean to support survivors?

Here at UGA, we take care of our fellow Dawgs. We listen, believe, and support survivors when they disclose to us. Part of that support is referring friends to the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Office.  If you have been impacted by relationship or sexual violence or know someone who has, remember you are never alone. The RSVP Office is here to help.

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