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Video: Standing against sexual assault: Consent Week at UMD

Oct 05, 2021 05:54AM ● By Editor

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Consent Week at UMD is about talking about the importance of respect and consent.  Photo: WDIO

From WDIO-TV - October 4, 2021

It's Consent Week at UMD, a time for students and advocates to stand up against sexual violence and promote respect and consent.

On Monday, at the Kirby Student Center, students were invited to create signs and stand in a line, to show visual support in ending sexual misconduct and assault.

"I think since the MeToo movement, we've seen change. Students are addressing the issue with more comfort and confidence, and we're excited about the potential for this to grow," shared Lauretta Perry, an alcohol and drug educator at UMD.

One young man who spoke with, Kele Ramsay, said that he grew up in a home where communication was key. "It shouldn't be awkward. It should be fun. It's kind of weird that consent isn't more of a big thing. It feels good when you have consent. Someone is giving you something, and it's like, oh thank you. If you're not getting consent, I don't think that would feel good."

A group from the new musical Maxa also sang the finale song, called The Scream Into the Silence.

Writer and lyricist Mika Kauffman said, "It's a rock musical. Electronic, and spooky, and kind of scary. It's also a survivor story, and that's what's most important about this."

The world premiere of this rock musical is at UMD. "This is part of a collaboration, when we get out of our silos, and work together to inform people, to educate people, and in this case, inspire young people to get help," added Bill Payne, the co-director.

And one of the cast members, Maddie Shafer, said, "It's been really powerful, as a student, to be in this atmosphere of being able to talk about these topics. And not just brush them under the rug."

Maxa will be performed October 14-16th and 20-23rd, at 7:30pm, as well as October 17th at 2pm, which will include an ASL interpreted performance.

Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre. Approximate run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes.

For info about tickets, click here

There are other events for Consent Week:

Tuesday: Consent: Yeah But What Does That Really Mean? 12pm in the Garden Room

Wednesday: Tabling in the Kirby Commons, 10am-3pm

Thursday: Take Back the Night Rally and March at Kirby bus hub, 6pm

To watch the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.

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