Consent Matters

Launched in January 2016, the Consent Matters campaign (#ConsentMattersSFU) is an annual campaign hosted by the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO). This year, the campaign takes place from September 18-22 2023.

The primary goal of the Consent Matters campaign is to foster a culture of consent, care, and respect at SFU by:

  • Familiarizing the SFU and FIC community (students, staff, and faculty) with the concept of affirmative consent
  • Offering ideas for how to practice consent in various settings
  • Sharing information to increase awareness about the SVSPO’s support and educational services

Consent Beyond Binaries: A Community Conversation with Marlee Liss and Kali Boehle-Silva

Tuesday September 19, 12:30-1:30pm (PT) on Zoom

For the 2023 #ConsentMattersSFU campaign, SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office is hosting Consent Beyond Binaries, a conversation with queer nonbinary writer, coach and facilitator Kali Boehle-Silva, and somatic educator, award-winning speaker, author, restorative justice advocate, and lesbian Jewish feminist, Marlee Liss.

Marlee and Kali will share their perspectives on practicing consent and will dive into the complexities, and limitations of the “yes” and “no” binary that has emerged in mainstream conversations about consent. Together, let's move beyond this binary to imagine new possibilities of developing mutual agreements, consent and healthy relationships.

Be part of the 2023 campaign: Tell us why consent matters

  • Create a sign with a short statement (2-3 sentences) answering any of these three prompts:        
    • Why is it important to talk about consent?
    • Consent matters because...
    • What do we need to talk more about consent?
  • Take a selfie with your sign (Please make sure the sign is visible and legible.)
  • Submit your statement and photo. 

Submissions will be shared on this webpage and through the SVSPO’s Instagram and Facebook channels between in the third week of September.

How you can help create a culture of consent