A couple of months ago, whilst getting interviewed for a media piece about image-based sexual abuse, the interviewer mentioned ‘The School Consent Project‘, and told me that if I was interested in telling them my story, she was sure they would be very receptive of it.
I looked them up and wow, it’s an amazing charity. The School Consent Project aims to educate young people about consent, and bring awareness to issues surrounding sexual abuse and sexual assault. It is formed of volunteers, in which, lawyers will visit secondary schools and deliver workshops about the legal definitions of sexual consent and sexual offences.
I was in awe of the work that they do – it’s so incredibly vital, I knew immediately that I wanted to get involved in some way. There is a part of me that would like to deliver a sort of workshop to secondary schools, telling my story of image-based sexual abuse and internet grooming, in order to help teenagers going through something similar or prevent these crimes from even being committed in the first place.
I contacted Kate Parker, Founder and Executive Director of The School Consent Project, and we agreed that a blog post of my experience would be a great addition to their website.
We also agreed that it would be logical to publish the blog post on 5th February, which was Safer Internet Day. Please feel free to read my article on their website here!