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Sexual and Non-Sexual Consent for Everyday Life | Adie Delaney

What is consent and what exactly does it look like in our everyday lives? Listen to Adie Delaney explain why sexual harm prevention is so important and how to educate people better.


The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women experiences some form of physical or sexual harassment in their lifetime. With the growing social awareness around things like women’s rights, female empowerment, and rape culture, is the problem getting worse or better? Consent is a huge topic of discussion today, but it can be hard to know how to educate people at a larger scale.


In this episode, Adie Delaney talks about her strategies and experiences as a sexual harm prevention educator. We discuss boundaries, informed consent, non-sexual vs sexual consent, and more. Adie answers the question, “what does consent mean?” and offers tips for providing better education about consent today for all ages and genders.


Adie Delaney is a former professional circus artist who now works with sexual harm prevention programs. She is the founder of The Circus Studio, and travels the world to teach people of all ages about sexual harm prevention. She also partners with SASS, the Sexual Assault Support Service, in Australia.


Know the Consent Acronym: FRIES

  • Freely-given

  • Reversible

  • Informed

  • Enthusiastic (Explicit)

  • Sober


Discussed in this episode:


  • Adie’s background in circus arts and what it taught her about consent

  • How Adie transitioned into giving advice and consent talks

  • The importance of helping girls define consent related to their boundaries and bodies

  • How cultural dynamics play into consent norms

  • Tips for how to use consent education in real life

  • The need to address unspoken rules and “sexpectations”

  • Consent online and internet boundaries with children

  • What to do if you’re unsure about someone else’s consent


“Everyone is the authority on their own experience. But we’re not taught that.” - Adie Delaney

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