Schools Consent Project
1089. Kate Parker
Kate Parker, from London, leads the ‘Schools Consent Project’ that was formed in 2014 which sends lawyers and law students into schools to deliver workshops on the legal definition of sexual consent and key sexual offences.
Kate has spoken widely on the topic to inform others of the importance of consent, including speaking on BBC Newsnight where she shared her advice on the topic. Kate hopes that the training will use debate and education to further the understanding of safe behaviour, and the personal and legal impact of sexual offences. Since its inaugural workshop, the charity has spoken to over 6000 students in schools across the UK and has been featured on UK wide news platforms.
In a personal letter to Kate, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“By founding the ‘Schools Consent Project’ you have educated hundreds of children on the importance of consent. Through your workshops you are ensuring that the next generation of young adults are growing up informed and educated about this important issue.”
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the ‘Schools Consent Project’. We are committed to educating young people about consent, and we are honoured that the Prime Minister’s Office has recognised and supported the work we do in schools across the country. The gains we have made in the past three years have been a direct result of the tireless efforts of our fantastic volunteers, staff and trustees, and the support of a handful of top law firms, with particular thanks to Hogan Lovells and Reed Smith. Buoyed by this recent achievement, we look forward to continuing our work in the new year to eradicate sexual violence and help create a more responsible and respectful society from the grassroots up.”