Restoring a Lyric for Generations

Holy Is Your Name arranged by Tony Alonso If I had to choose only one thing to do to foster a culture of consent, I would choose creating, singing, and promoting song lyrics that chronicle and celebrate healthy human relationships, call out social inequities, and advocate for social justice. Song lyrics embed in our subconscious … Continue reading Restoring a Lyric for Generations

Just Say “No” to Teachers Who Troll : Counterstory #2: Alternatives

Alternatives © 2020 Michele Beaulieux Oil pastel on paper How might Contact Improvisation (CI) groups respond to teachers who are known to troll? And by that I mean teachers who consciously and systematically search for sexual partners among students. I wrote two counterstories—stories with alternative outcomes that represent a moral shift away from the dominant cultural narrative—that imagine how … Continue reading Just Say “No” to Teachers Who Troll : Counterstory #2: Alternatives

My Path to Decision Making after Sexual Violence

25 Years Later: The Email BlessingOil Pastel on Paper © 2020 Michele Beaulieux I, Michele Beaulieux, am facilitating a free two-part Zoom workshop, Decision Making After Sexual Violence sponsored by the University of Chicago Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention Programming Center on May 16 and 30, 2020. People often ask me how I came to … Continue reading My Path to Decision Making after Sexual Violence

The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture

Chart showing the progression through the stages from rape culture to consent culture

This chart, “The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture," lays out five possible states that groups might exhibit in how they handle sexual violence and other types of harm. The chart depicts two phases of rape culture and three phases of consent culture. The phases of rape culture—ignoring and reacting— support individual freedom, and … Continue reading The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture

Notes on Language in this Blog

we all live here

we all live here © 2017 Michele Beaulieux In this post I define and discuss the terms consent and sexual violence; cultures such as consent culture with community accountability and rape culture. I also define the terms I use for people: people who have harmed, also known as violators and aggressors; people who have experienced … Continue reading Notes on Language in this Blog