How do we talk about consent on Catholic campuses?

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In recent years, there has been a lot of debate around the word “consent” when it comes to preventing sexual assault on campus. What can Catholic colleges and universities bring to these discussions? How do we talk about sexual encounters that church teaching says shouldn’t be happening outside of marriage in the first place? To find out, we talk with Briana Maturi, who leads Loyola Marymount University’s consent program, called LMU CARES. 


We ask Briana about the hook-up and dating scene on campuses today, what a culture of consent looks like after college and what bystanders can do prevent sexual assault and harassment.

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Canon law examined in wake of push for excommunication over abortion
Illinois Bishops Advise Against Legalization of Marijuana
University of Notre Dame to Cover Up Prominent Columbus Murals
How one Catholic university is trying to create a culture of consent

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Andrew Wolfe
2 months 1 week ago

"Consent" only allows students to avoid rape charges. It doesn't protect them from the spiritual and psychological damage they inflict on themselves through fornication. The whole notion of "consent," because it implicitly involves unmarried people, is wrong. Drug addicts consent to shooting up; that doesn't make it any less self-destructive.

Erin B
2 months ago

Consent does not only involve unmarried people. Marital rape exists. Consent is just as important in a marital relationship.

rose-ellen caminer
2 months ago

Not all women want to talk dirty.It's one thing to want sex with someone, and another to want to talk about it while you're doing it! Talking about it can be a real turn off, for some women. So this mandate requiring verbal consent throughout a sexual encounter, is problematic.And they wonder why many young males prefer porn!

Erin B
2 months ago

Please explain to me how verbal consent is talking dirty.

rose-ellen caminer
2 months ago

Consent between humans, who are complex, takes on many forms. People can read consent through body language and mini vocalizations.Spontaneity and surprise, is a big element in an erotic experience. People want to dominate or be dominated sexually. All of the above are valid expressions of who we are.All must be withing the realm of consent. Forget about my stupid joke.

Dionys Murphy
2 months ago

"Consent between humans, who are complex, takes on many forms. People can read consent through body language and mini vocalizations." Nope. That's not consent. That's guessing, and more often than not psychological projection. Explicit consent is necessary.

rose-ellen caminer
2 months ago

People generally do understand each other non verbally.If there is non verbal miscommunication ["psychological projection"], then verbal correction is needed.[duh]There is no need for this mandated explicit -verbal -consent- police narrative.So sad to see such fascist micromanaging of human sexuality directed at young people, who lack the discernment to resist what they intuit is unnatural manipulation[ BS].


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