For my CAS project, I worked around the theme of Sexual Assault Awareness, and decided to focus my efforts on educating young people about consent- as I am well equipped to communicate this. At first, my intent was to put up posters in the Girls’ bathroom, as I want for young women at OSC to be fully informed of their rights- they should know what a breach of consent looks like, in all its forms. I did research on existing posters, as I wanted to make sure that any material I produce would share information effectively and respectfully, and wanted to ensure that I was not going to trigger anyone. I also conferred with Ms. Fleming to make sure the designs were appropriate to put up in a school environment. Using Canva, I designed 4 posters, each a proclomation of womens’ liberty Each poster deals with a different aspect of Sexual Assault Awareness. The first poster provides a list of possible phrases that should not be taken as consent. There is a common thought that simply because a a firm “No” isn’t uttered, consent is granted. This of course, could not be any further from the truth, and that consent is not simply a compliance or coercion. The second poster defines what consent is, and then goes on to list non-verbal cues that signify consent has not been granted. These first two posters work in tandem to show to survivor’s of sexual assault that the condemnation of their abuse is valid, regardless of their action, or lack thereof, against it. I decided to put up this material in both the Girls’ and Boys’ as the subject matter concerns them both directly. The thrid poster depicts a group of women huddling around a central figure, meant to show solidarity- to let survivors and all girls at OSC know that they are supported by a community of strong women who have each others’ best interests at heart. It encourages students to come out and share their experiences, to know that they are valued, and to be unafraid. The last poster is a reinforcement of these ideals, . reminding all that a woman’s (and everyone’s, really) body is her own, to do whatever she pleases with.
Posters 1 and 2 in the Boys’ Bathroom
LO1: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth- Students are able to see themselves as individuals with various abilities and skills, of which some are more developed than others.
LO3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience- Students can articulate the stages from conceiving an idea to executing a plan for a CAS experience or series of CAS experiences. This may be accomplished in collaboration with other participants. Students may show their knowledge and awareness by building on a previous experience, or by launching a new idea or process.
LO4: Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences- Students demonstrate regular involvement and active engagement in CAS.
LO6: Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance- Students are able to identify and demonstrate their understanding of global issues, make responsible decisions, and take appropriate action in response to the issue either locally, nationally or internationally.
LO7: Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions- Students show awareness of the consequences of choices and actions in planning and carrying out CAS experiences.