The tidal wave that was #MeToo forever changed the ways that we view survivors.
Conversations around consent, what to do with those who cause harm, and power dynamics
everywhere from the classroom to the bedroom will never be the same. On college
campuses, these conversations have continued to evolve but often with misguided efforts
and a lack of clear guidance. Where did these conversations even start, and how do those
working in education address them effectively?
In the industry-changing book The Sexual Misconduct Prevention Guidebook: Consent and Conduct for Higher Education Campuses, Dr. Laura McGuire blends their lived experience as a sexual misconduct prevention expert in higher education and military settings with their academic understanding of research-based best practices to create the resource they wish they had when they began their career. Going beyond Title IX compliance, this guidebook walks professionals through the history of and often overlooked needs and best practices for preventing and responding to sexual misconduct on campuses and in the world at large. From restorative justice in university settings to ways to increase accessibility and inclusion, Dr. McGuire pulls from scholarship, experience, and interviews with fellow experts to build a resource that is much needed in the world today.
With conversations about sexual violence,
consent, and bodily autonomy dominating national conversations, it can be easy to get
lost in the onslaught of well-intended but often poorly executed messages.
Through an exploration of research, scholarly expertise, and practical real-world application, we can better formulate an understanding of what consent is, how we create consent cultures, and the best path forward.
Creating Cultures of Consent is designed with both educators and parents in mind. The tools highlighted throughout help adults unlearn harmful narratives about consent, boundaries, and relationships so that they can begin their work internally through modeling and self-reflection. We then uncover what consent truly is and is not, how culture plays an integral role in interpersonal scripting, and how to teach consent as a life skill inside and outside of the classroom. By integrating the need for consent to be taught in schools and homes, we build bridges between the spaces where children learn and create alliances and the often daunting task of eradicating rape culture.
This blended approach creates a guidebook that is unlike anything else on the market today.