Episode 29: Erica Scott – Creating Consent Culture


A note before we begin. Please be advised this episode may be triggering for some listeners. In this episode, there is a conversation about child sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised.

Consent. We live in a world today where that word still means different things to different people.

My guest today is Erica Scott. Erica is the creator of The Consent Culture Intro Workshop and co-author of the book Creating Consent Culture: A Handbook for Educators. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, 20 plus years of working in a male-dominated industry, and as a mother of young adult children, they feel the urgency to bring more effective consent education to a wider audience. She is the CEO of Creating Consent Culture and has taught consent in Canada, India, and the US. In 2019 she was given the Rex Karmaveer Global Award for Social Innovation.

In this episode, we’ll learn about:

  • The value of cuddle parties for survivors of sexual abuse
  • Why people have a hard time saying “no”
  • The freeze response, the culture of coercion, and systemic inequity
  • And more!

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Enjoy my conversation with Erica!

In This Episode:

[1:26] – Erica Scott joins us as the guest for today’s episode and we learn how they define child sexual abuse through her story.

[3:23] – According to Erica, the people that really need to go to cuddle parties are often the ones that are the last to go.

[5:45] – Most people have a hard time saying “no.” Erica explains why.

[6:42] – The culture of coercion as defined by Erica. 

[8:10] – This is how systemic inequity is connected with consent.

[11:08] – Erica discusses the signs of consent. 

[12:09] – What is the freeze response and how does it fit into “fight or flight”? 

[15:18] – We hear about how important it is to understand the freeze response.

[15:51] – How does Erica see the conversation being navigated to bring greater awareness to the freeze response?

[17:02] – This is the idea in restorative justice. 

[18:30] – Erica reminds us that her workshop is about learning the skills of consent but in a fun way.  

[19:35] – Erica leaves us with one more thing. 


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