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The Green Light Campaign

True Consent is

  • Sober
  • Verbal
  • Enthusiastic
  • Ongoing
  • A clear yes

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What is it?

The Green Light Campaign was created by IUP students to spread AWAREness about the vital role consent plays in healthy relationships.

The green button represents IUP’s commitment to making campus safer for all of us. It’s a visual reminder that violence should not be a part of our campus community. It is a way to display our dedication to making IUP safer for everyone!

Green Light LogoWhy Green?

The Green Light serves as a metaphor for active consent. On a stoplight, green means go. Rather than being passive and waiting for your partner to say “no”, we encourage students to be active and get a “yes” from their partner before engaging in any form of sexual activity. 

Through discussion, individuals can gauge what their partners are and are not comfortable with. This communication is vital in the prevention of sexual violence and there is no reason why it cannot be used as a way to enhance whatever experience individuals may share.

Rock Your Green Button!

Jointhe Green Light Campaign today! Pick up a free green button at any HavenProject event or stop by the main desk of the Center for Health andWell-Being.

Wear it to show solidarity!

Wear it to support survivors!

Wear it to show how much of an impact we are having on making this campus safer!

Consent

Consent is an agreement that people make if they want to engage in any form of sexual activity. Obtaining consent shows that you respect your partner and is also a way to reduce sexual violence (any unwanted behavior). True consent is a sober, verbal, ongoing, enthusiastic yes. Let’s break that down:

Sober

  • Drugs and/or alcohol impact a person’s ability to make judgments. You cannot get consent from an individual that is impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. Not sure if your partner has been drinking? Assume they have.

Verbal

  • Communication is the best way to determine if you partner is interested in engaging in sexual activity. Respect your partner’s decision and require your partner to respect your choices around sex. Communication should be clear and unambiguous.

Ongoing

  • To ensure consensual activity, you should check in with your partner. Consent for one activity does not give consent for another activity.

Enthusiastic

  • Great sex comes from two people wanting to engage in an agreed upon activity. You want your partner to say “yes” with enthusiasm.

Yes

  • Consent is not the absence of the word “no.” You should seek a “yes” from your partner before engaging in any sexual activity.

Want to learn more about consent? Watch Laci Green’s Consent 101.
Trigger warning – this video contains graphic language and discusses rape.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about an assault, help is available. Contact the Haven Project at the Alice Paul House (24/7) hotline at (724) 349-4444. 

Click here for Campus and Community Resources.