The Consent Rocks Crew, or CRC, is a consent incident response model that was successfully implemented at the first ROPECRAFT. It has become an inspiration for other events and you can read more about the independent team that we facilitated development of, Consent.Rocks, at the Consent.Rocks website right here.
The Consent.Rocks Crew has two basic duties at ROPECRAFT:
- Responding to Consent Incidents – Consent.Rocks Crew members are there to help those involved come to a place of mutual understanding. That’s not the solution; it’s a means towards a constructive decision (by the participants and the event management) regarding what actions may need to be taken after the incident.
- Negotiation & Consent Education – The much more fun duty of Consent.Rocks is to help foster a culture of consent at the event. This can be in the form of leading discussion groups, teaching classes, or even one-on-one: if someone is new to the scene they can help make sure the negotiations cover the essential areas; if someone wants to negotiate something complex, the IRT can just witness the negotiation, being another set of ears saying “What I’m hearing you two say is…”
The Consent.Rocks Crew all come from backgrounds of counseling or other related work, and they have also gone through some ROPECRAFT-specific training to make sure we are all on the same page. Obviously the goal at any event is that they won’t have to do anything involving their primary duty; their secondary duties are based on suggestions from several writings on consent by various educators and activists. Several people have said “wouldn’t it be nice if…” – so here they are!
The Consent Rocks Crew for ROPECRAFT Chicago are:
- IronTempleDog (Crew Captain)
We’ve documented the process and Graydancer then presented a free webinar describing the entire framework as well as a training class in San Francisco to interested kink leaders. He also brought Consent Rocks to several large events after the initial success at ROPECRAFT and is continuing to help them expand their services to new groups and venues as their Training Director. Loni Angel is the CEO of the newly-formed Consent Rocks Inc., and she, Gray, and Iron Temple Dog form the board that is working with the NCSF to bring the Consent Rocks Crew to more events as independent consent advocates.
If you’d like to see them at your event, you can contact them through their website right here! Future “IRT” training seminars are being planned right now as demand for Incident Response Team services grows. Knowledge is power, right?