We are a survivor-led, grass roots group of community creators, project managers and volunteers in the U.S. who see a need to prevent sexual violence from occurring within creative communities and events.
As a group of industry professionals with over 30 years of collective experience in our fields, a hunger for change, a desire to prevent harm from occurring, and a vision of a world centered in transformation, not punishment: our work is cut out for us. Our methods are a promising practice and we are constantly seeking reviews and recommendations to deepen our CQI.
We believe the methods and available structures for discussing and identifying consent are a part of the problem. We hope to change the world, one community at a time, through supporting members while they curate brave creative spaces safety, thus preventing sexual, gendered, and identity based violence.
Support communities in creating helpful responses to sexual violence.
Empower producers and attendees to communicate their needs and concerns through community discussion and peer education.
Educate, manage, and support a regional Chapter member network of allies and advocates to strengthen existing harm reductive structures, while propagating consent culture locally.
Facilitate open discussion spaces for community members to express their thoughts and feelings about consent culture.
Remain available to community creators who need guidance towards creating a braver and safer space, free from identity violence.
Support regional qualified individuals in developing or integrating with grassroots sexual violence reporting system infrastructure.
Curate industry partnerships with community organizers and peers who work in alignment with our values, and prioritize safety of people over profit always.
What we don't do
Knowingly accept, enable, or participate in the ongoing marginalization of survivors of consent violations.
Reject accountability for our mistakes and shortcomings, despite our intent to do well.
Expect or request community groups to replace or circumvent existing legal structures.
Attempt to assume a position of infallible authority on any topic.
Interfere with other solution-oriented community processes or reject feedback from their representatives.
Give ultimatums to community managers regarding the decisions they make in reaction to reported violation incidents, or assume that these leaders will be in agreement with each other.
Give ultimatums to survivors of consent violations regarding their process or steps moving forward.
Why work with CCI?
We are an emerging practice working to evaluate our efficacy. Your involvement in our work will give cutting edge and valuable data to creating a safer experience for everyone. We do this in order to provide the best grassroots, evidence based courses around consent culture possible.
We are a collective of professionals committing our learned and lived experience to creates solutions to this complex conversation. We remain committed to doing this right and being curious while remaining compassionate for every stage of consent culture creation. We aim to decentralize education so that everyone is empowered throughout our organization, not just a few at the top.
In many group situations, individuals who are part of a minority, or experience less privilege, may feel unsafe or undervalued. Sometimes this can lead to imbalanced dynamics in a group, and individuals might feel coerced to do or agree to something they might not have if they felt more supported. This sort of circumstance can play out in every context of relationship, which is why is it so important to have an impartial third party supporting your consent response needs.
By offering training in consent culture creation and trauma informed de-escalation techniques to your staff, you can help to create a space where these kinds of situations are avoided, and conflict can be resolved more easily. This not increases efficiency within your organization as well as the safety of your participants and staff.