This Animated Video About Sexual Consent is (Rightfully) Going Viral

posted: 06/08/16
by: Courtney Reimer

While this sexual assault victim's chilling letter has been viewed millions of times, so, too, has a highly educational (and important) video describing what sexual consent looks like.

In a so-perfect-it-might-be-funny-if-it-wasn't-about-rape way, the video describes sexual consent through the lens of making a cup of tea for someone. Yep. Using super simple illustration involving stick figures and a basic drawing of a teacup, the narration tells a very straightforward story of exactly what "consent" means.

The tone is very matter-of-fact. For example: "If you say: 'Hey, would you like a cup of tea?' And they're like 'Uh, I'm not really sure,' then you can make them a cup of tea, or not, but be aware they might not drink it," explains the narrator, adding: "And if they don't drink it, then -- and this is the important part -- don't make them drink it."

It's very powerful in its simplicity, and you should share it with everyone you possibly can, because as the cast of the TV show "Girls" says in another powerful video about sexual assault, the CDC reports that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That's one too many.