04 Dec CANES CONSENT

Canes Consent started in December 2013. It grew out of necessity as more and more students disclosed to me their stories of sexual assault. I felt it was essential to have a campus wide conversation about college sexual assault. At Canes Consent we set up in the center of campus and had TED-style speakers from community organizations fighting sexual assault, faculty, Counseling Center representatives,  University of Miami police and students. We also had a DJ and free pizza, cupcakes and t-shirts. We distributed facts about sexual assault as well as condoms. And we raised money for Kristi House, a shelter for sexually abused children. The inaugural Canes Consent caught the attention of Huffington Post. 

Below are photos from the event.

Canes Consent poster

website - canes consent t-shirt

Katharine Westaway speaking at Canes Consent about the high rates and low reporting of sexual assault on our campus.

Katharine Westaway speaking at Canes Consent about the high rates and low reporting of sexual assault on our campus.

 

Katharine Westaway with Shannon, the student mentor, and a major orchestrator of Canes Consent.

Katharine Westaway with Shannon, a student mentee.

 

The Canes Consent Team.

The Canes Consent Team.

 

Palna collects donations for our community partner, the Kristi House. Earlier in the semester we volunteered at the Kristi House in downtown Miami putting on a fair for the kids.

Palna collects donations for our community partner, the Kristi House. Earlier in the semester we volunteered at the Kristi House in downtown Miami putting on a fair for the kids.

 

Abbie speaks about the Kristi House where they care for and seek justice for sexually abused children.

Abbie speaks about the Kristi House where they care for and seek justice for sexually abused children.

 

Our t-shirts for the first semi-annual Canes Consent, an event to encourage a dialogue about sexual assault on college campuses.

Our t-shirts for the first semi-annual Canes Consent, an event to encourage a dialogue about sexual assault on college campuses.