The spotlight is being thrown on sexual consent in Warwickshire as the county’s young people are asked to create short films about healthy and respectful relationships.
As part of Warwickshire County Council’s Respect Yourself campaign the Yes/No Game has been launched http://www.respectyourself.info/comp
Cllr Bob Stevens, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “There’s a worrying trend in attitudes in the media, on-line and in real life that highlight a lack of awareness of what sexual consent is or its importance.
“In Warwickshire, like the rest of the UK, there’s been an increasing number of incidents where young people have become involved in sexual situations where they did not feel in control or able to say no and as a result have been the victims of sexual coercion, abuse or assault.”
Cllr Bob Hicks, the Chair of the county council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Children and Young People, said: “The more we can get people talking about this subject the better. Exploring the complexities of consent helps people develop healthy relationships and can protect against abuse or exploitation.”
Young people are being asked to make their own advert length film exploring issues around consent.
Competition and Respect Yourself coordinator in Warwickshire Luke Carter, said: “We’re not expecting special effects, expensive sets or celebrity cameos… the Yes/No Game is all about ideas so filming using a camera phone will be perfect.”
Key facts about the game:
- Open to young people aged between 13-21 years old.
- Launched on Saturday, February 14. Entries close 13/03/2015.
- Make your (less than 60 second) video and submit a YouTube link.
- 3 categories:
- Warwickshire resident 13 to 16 – Runner-up and Winner’s prizes.
- Warwickshire resident 17 to 21 – Runner-up and Winner’s prizes.
- Non Warwickshire resident 13 to 21.
Short listed Warwickshire entrants will be invited to attend the Respect Yourself local Sexual Health Awards in April/ May, where the winners will be announced.
Each category winner will get a trophy. The runners-up prize is a £50 voucher while the winners’ prize is a £150 voucher.
Find more about the competition here http://www.respectyourself.info/sex/yesno-game/