Understanding Harassment, Assault and Consent

You cannot raise boys today without being cognizant of what that means in our current society. Recent events such as the #metoo movement and the Kavanaugh hearings have placed the topic of consent on the forefront of my mind as a mom of boys.  Not only does it mean that as a parent I need to be responsible for teaching about consent to my children, but it also means that I need to be more informed as well. Today I am chatting with Hannah Butler of the SAVA Center and we are defining assault, harassment, and consent as well as discussing how society sets up an environment in which these exist.  It’s a topic that you might think you understand, but it is also an ever-changing landscape and something to consider discussing regularly with your child so that you both understand the ramifications of all types of behavior.

Today’s Expert

The Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for all those affected by sexual violence, and to provide prevention programs through community outreach and education. We envision a culture change that results in the end of sexual violence. SAVA Center provides a 24/hr hotline at 970.472.4200, and both walk-in and by-appointment advocacy from 8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday at our Fort Collins and Greeley offices.


  • Pyramid of Violence (4:25)
  • Media Involvement (14:44)
  • How Individuals Can Make a Difference (19:27)
  • Defining Harassment (21:42)
  • Defining Assault (25:28)
  • Title IX (32:48)
  • Examples of Harassment and Assault (36:50)
  • Defining Consent (40:28)

Show Notes and Links

  • Check out a detailed look at SAVA’s Pyramid of Violence
  • How is consent like a cup of tea? Find out here
  • For more info visit SAVA Center’s website
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