|Program Title||Speak About It|
|Overview||Speak About It is a performance-based presentation about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. Using a combination of humorous and provocative skits, interactive dialogue, and monologues, Speak About It addresses consent, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. The goal is to have a conversation about having a conversation about sex, and to leave the students feeling educated, entertained and empowered to create change on their campus (Speak About It).|
|program name||level of evidence"Supported by evidence, promising direction or emerging"||bystander"Bystander programs engage men and women not (primarily) as potential perpetrators or victims, but rather as potential bystanders to situations involving sexual or intimate partner violence. Bystander prevention programs presume that all members of the community have a role in shifting norms to prevent violence.... The bystander model includes tools and ideas for action and strongly encourages each person to make a difference." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 5)||empathy"Empathy-based programs give participants the skills to understand sexual violence, provide compassionate responses to disclosures, and reduce the likelihood of sexual assault perpetration by males." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 4)||dispelling
rape myths"These programs address common misconceptions and myths about circumstances, causes, and realities of sexual violence. Topics often include rates of assault and reporting, definitions of consent, and clarifying common circumstances of assault." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013)
|alcoholThese programs discuss the role alcohol plays in sexual violence and how drinking impacts the communication of consent.||otherAdditional topics of focus are listed here.|
|Speak About It||Emerging||X||X||X||X||consent, hook-up culture|
|Author||Bowdoin College and Speak About It, Inc.|
By the end of our presentation and the following facilitation learners will:
Speak About It is an hour-long program performed by five professional educational actors that can be tailored to reflect experiences, resources, and relevant policy of a campus/community. Narratives are collected online and allow the presentation to be customized and highlight the wide range of experiences with sex, relationships, and hook up cultures on campus.
One time event including an hour-long theatrical performance and optional follow up panel and/or peer led discussion groups. Performers are qualified to facilitate pre/post performance discussions and panels, making the program interactive as well.
Before bringing “Speak About It” to campus, the team gathers information about local and relevant resources and collects narratives from the campus community about sex/dating/consent to incorporate into the program.
General student body (co-ed), athletes, student leaders, high school juniors/seniors
|Theoretical basis for approach||
Speak About It uses a peer education model both for their performance piece, college students performing for college students, but also by training student leaders to lead discussions with the audience after the show. Studies have shown peers are the strongest influence on a student’s development and experience in college (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). Speak About It harnesses the power of peer influence to develop a relatable and impactful performance and creates lasting, cultural change on campuses by equipping leaders with tools to keep the conversation about consent going long after the performance ends.
Currently developing formal evaluation tools in accordance the Campus SaVE Act.
|Participating colleges and universities||
Speak About It has presented at numerous universities, including:
|Considerations for administrators||
The effectiveness of Speak About It may be influenced by levels of buy in before bringing the program to campus (to hopefully be confirmed with data). The more narratives collected, the more relevant and potentially accessible the performance will be. A strong partnership between the Speak About It team and interested administration and student groups will ultimately yield the most appropriate and effective program possible.
|How to access this program||
$4000 per performance plus travel and hotel fees for 5 actors
Pascarella, E. T., & Terenzini, P. T. (2005). How college affects students. Vol. 2: A third decade of research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass