Called Consent Week, the event will promote “safe sex”— meaning not just protecting against sexually transmitted infections, but also making sure participants feel safe in sexual encounters.
Organiser Jessie Hunt said the issue of consent came up at the society’s first-ever meeting.
“We started talking about the fact that around one in five women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and how alarming that statistic is…as we talked, we realised that consent is just left out of so many discussions about sex— consent doesn’t rate a mention in pornography, or in our high school health curriculums.”
The event will run from May 13 to May 16, featuring workshops run by UOW Feminist Society, Rape Crisis Centre, and senior law lecturer Julia Quilter.
The event will also boast the Consent Day Carnival, with show bags containing information about consent, condoms, dams and lubrication, as well as bands, free talks, booths with information on global consent campaigns, and even an ice-cream van.