By Maggie Freleng
Today is the last day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ALWAYS be aware.
Feminist organization FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, a group dedicated to promoting consent and uplifting the experiences of survivors of sexual assault, has created a line of condoms to keep people in the know about consent.
The statistics on sexual assault are pretty dismal. According to the CDC, nearly one in five women reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives.
But we don’t have to accept this. We can create change, and we totally approve of this fun and fashionable sex education trend as a means to do so.
FORCE, partnering with Say It With A Condom, a customizable condom company, have produced "Consent Condoms," a line of five different condom packages with bold statements like, "Consent is hot, assault is not."
One order of condoms includes all five for $14.95, and 25 percent of the profits will go back to FORCE to help them "upset rape culture" by providing "a public healing space for survivors of rape and abuse."
FORCE has also launched a Kickstarter to raise money to take their Monument Quilt—a participatory art project that creates public space for survivors of rape and abuse to heal—on tour across the country. Gifts for donors to the project include some pretty cool consent awareness merch.
Providing people with a basic understanding of rape culture and consent is a first step toward change.
We'd love to see these condoms sold at every pharmacy across the country!