re-imagining consent: how healthy masculinity can play a part in healthy relationships

February 22, 2022 at 4:00 PM ET
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The misinformation young people and adults receive about consent from cultural myths and unhealthy social norms often devalues or entirely erases consent as a critical part of human behavior, including in sex and other parts of relationships.

For Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), consent runs in all directions. Our approach tears down “dominant stories” of consent and builds on the “yes means yes” model, applying both “getting and giving” of consent, challenging the misinformation about consent and providing a view of consent that is based on healthy masculinity and providing room for nuance and context.

Using our “Continuum of Consent” exercise, this presentation will connect counter stories of consent with boys’ and men’s role in preventing sexual assault as it relates to healthy masculinity and violence prevention as a whole.

After this training, participants will be able to:
  • Identify Dominant Stories of consent and their limitations
  • Identify Counter Stories that redefine consent
  • Draw connections between consent and healthy masculinity
  • Have in their toolbox a variety of interactive exercises for teaching consent and healthy masculinity

Jeremy Hardy is a Training and Technical Assistance Manager for Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR). In this role, Jeremy facilitates MCSR’s primary prevention trainings, workshops, and projects as well as community conversations with professionals, students, and community members both domestically and internationally.

Jeremy also provides comprehensive federal technical assistance and prevention training to grantees and partners of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus and Children and Youth & Engaging Men grant programs.

Jeremy brings to the MCSR team his experience as a former scholarship Student-Athlete with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Goucher College. Using his experience, he designs and creates new training content emphasizing social and emotional intelligence and mental health approaches to engaging boys and men.

Jeremy also conducts and coordinates MCSR’s nationally recognized three-day Healthy Masculinity Training Institute, which is the nation’s most comprehensive healthy masculinity training for professionals from around the world.



This project is/was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 grant, 1 TP1AH000234-01-00, as administered by the Maryland Department of Health.  The information or content presented are those of the author and shall not be construed as the official position or policy, nor any endorsement, by HHS, the Federal Government, or the Maryland Department of Health. 

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