Image courtesy of Bruin Consent Coalition
From Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 20, the Bruin Consent Coalition (BCC) is hosting UCLA’s fourth annual Consent Week. This week-long program highlights the importance of consent and informs the public about sexual and gender-based violence.
Consent Week begins with a “Know Your Rights” panel on January 17 that will be hosted in the Bruin Plate dining room at 6 p.m. The focal point of this year’s panel will be experiencing harassment in the workplace and what resources are available to students on campus who may have experienced gender-based violence. Representatives from the Title IX office, Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office, and UCPD will be present to explain their part in supporting survivors and providing resources along with answering any questions students may have.
The main events include activities such as the mini-clothesline display, which is available all week in the Kerckhoff Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This display showcases a silent form of protest where the shirt colors on the mini-clothesline are comprised of survivors stories. The BCC invites viewers of the gallery to partake in writing post-it notes of affirmation for the creators of those shirts.
Other events held throughout Consent Week include “Queer Talks,” a collaboration with the Gender, Sexuality, and Society Live-Learning Community about sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community, and “Man Up,” a discussion led by the Representation Project about toxic masculinity.
Consent Week will end on January 20 with “Yoga as Healing,” which will provide a safe space for those who want it on the day of the presidential inauguration, regardless of political background. The beginner-friendly yoga session will be led by CARE, and it will be followed with a discussion about sexual violence and the election.
To learn more about Consent Week, including events, dates, and location, check out the Consent Week Facebook page.