Allowance

Artwork by Claire Smith

Illustrative

“Red Dress”


Allowance

Written by Abbie Staggs

Creative Writing

*TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT*


Yes and no,

Which way does it go?

I can’t go back, I can’t go home

I am trapped, frozen now,

Feeling hands roam all around

Yes and no,

I didn’t say either

Hands and stare go deeper and deeper

I can’t go back, I can’t go home

I didn’t say yes, and I didn’t say no


Allowance

Poem Explanation

Written by Abbie Staggs

Creative Writing

*TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT*


Consent. Something absolutely essential, but something absolutely not talked about enough. What IS consent? What does it mean? Consent, intransitive verb: to give assent or approval. In layman’s terms, it means giving permission, saying “yes”, in order for something to occur. Consent is NOT OPTIONAL when it comes to sexual activity in any form, and consent needs to be CLEAR. Individuals under the influence are unable to give consent as their judgement is blurred and they deserve to be treated with respect in their vulnerable state. Clear-headed partners who haven’t said yes, but also haven’t said no, have not given consent; saying nothing does not equal yes. If you are unsure of how your partner is feeling, ask questions such as, “Are you comfortable? Do you want to slow down? Is this okay?” In order to have a happy, healthy sexual encounter, communication and consent is key. One in five women and one in seventy-one men will be raped at some point in their life. It’s our job to make that number zero.  Stop the violence. Be the voice. END SEXUAL ASSAULT.
SOURCE LINKS:

 

https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/SAAM_2012_Consent.pdf

https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/publications_nsvrc_factsheet_media-packet_statistics-about-sexual-violence_0.pdf

“Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2012.” National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2012.

“STATISTICS ABOUT SEXUAL VIOLENCE.” National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2015.  PDF file.

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