More about Let's Talk About Yes

Creative guidance

  • Use a “Yes means yes” approach based on enthusiastic consent. Enthusiastic consent is about ensuring all parties are enthusiastically consenting to sexual acts. The question is not whether a person says “no” or consents out of pressure but whether they say “yes” or otherwise actively express that they want to have sex in a variety of verbal and non-verbal ways.
  • Reflect different realities and diversity when you talk about consent.
  • You can talk about consent in a light-hearted manner but please be respectful and mindful that rape is a serious crime with often profound impact on survivors.
  • Keep it simple - consent is simple.
  • Beware of reinforcing gender stereotypes and avoid using sexualised images to reach audiences or seek attention.
  • Contribute to debunk harmful stereotypes and myths about sexual violence. Be aware that ‘myth busters’ can generate the opposite reaction if you put a lot of emphasis on the myth and not the reality. 
  • Use surveys on attitudes to show the reality. The reality is shocking! 
  • Be inclusive and respectful of people who don't understand the issue but want to engage in conversation.
  • Use humour – with respect: something that makes you smile or laugh is more likely to be shared. 
  • Lists can work well. For example: https://www.instagram.com/p/B7DtA3rB28O/
  • Social media content that meets Instagram guidelines generally works on most other social media channels. For images, animations or videos, check online to ensure that you're using the right format. For a still image, a simple square works well, but there are options for both landscape and portrait shapes. There are many online guides, such as https://later.com/blog/instagram-image-size/

Check back here soon to find links to versions of Let’s talk about Yes in different European countries.

We’re creating a Toolkit with detailed suggestions to help getting conversations about consent started, which has lots of ideas, information and links to other resources. We'll be sharing it here soon, so check back here if you are interested.