Cadets Against Sexual Assault (CASHA)

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The program’s main goal was to act as peer trainers and advisers.  As part of their campaign, they used visual/audio tools such as the “tea consent” video.

Sexual assault continues to be a major topic of concern around the nation. This matter still poses a major threat in todays Army.  In an effort to combat this issue, The Cadets at West Point created a group called “Cadets against Sexual Harassment/Assault (CASHA).  This organization was developed to show new strategies/techniques in an effort to combat sexual assault. The program’s main goal was to act as peer trainers and advisers.  As part of their campaign, they used visual/audio tools such as the “tea consent” video.  This video makes the analogy of using cup of tea and consent for sex.  “The analogy is simplistic. The issue of consent is one that we need to keep talking about, because of COURSE you wouldn’t pour tea down the throat of unconscious person,” an advocate mentioned.  “Whether it’s tea or sex, Consent is Everything” said a Cadet. 

The videos animation is a collaboration between Blue Beats Studios and blogger Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess. In less than three minutes it shows various scenarios which the concept of consent can be sketchy. For example, (your guest did want tea, but changed his/her mind once you put the kettle on) to less so (your guest isn’t really sure how to feel about tea right now) and so on and so forth.  The video has gone viral and is now currently used as a training tool on numerous campuses and organizations around the nation.  Furthermore, the SHARP Academy at Ft. Leavenworth, KS has now implemented the works of CASHA and the “tea consent” video in their curriculum.  The video can be viewed using the link www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGoWLWS4-kU

“It seems people really have a problem understanding that before you have sex with someone, and that’s every time you have sex with them, make sure they want to have sex with you.  This goes for men, women, everyone.  Whoever you are initiating sexytimes with, just make sure they are actually genuinely up for it.  That’s it. It’s not hard.  Really!” wrote blogger, Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess in her post- Consent: Not Actually that Complicated.

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