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Kinsey | Complexities in Sexual Consent & Refusal Communication is a Course

Kinsey | Complexities in Sexual Consent & Refusal Communication

1 credit

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About the Course

Sexual consent communication has received increased national attention in the past few years as a result of affirmative consent initiatives and social movements like #MeToo. Such consent-promotion initiatives aim to address sexual assault via promoting more explicit consent communication; however, there is little available research to support their efficacy. Nonetheless, understanding and being able to effectively communicate sexual consent and refusal is an important aspect of sexual literacy, yet people are often not exposed to such information in formal and informal educational settings. Clinicians are likely to work with people who have experienced sexual assault or who may face challenges associated with sexual consent and refusal communication. Thus, clinicians who are well informed about the research on sexual consent and refusal communication will be better equipped to help their clients and patients deal with these complexities.

The Kinsey Institute is a certified CE sponsor for the American Psychological Association. For questions related to the content in this course, please email Include the name of the course in the subject line of your message.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe cues most frequently used to communicate and interpret consent to sexual behavior and refusals of sexual behavior
  • Describe how sexual consent and refusal communication fit into sexual scripts, including the miscommunication theory
  • Describe socio-cultural factors that may serve as barriers to explicit, verbal consent and refusal communication (sometimes referred to as affirmative consent)

About the speaker

Dr. Kristen Jozkowski is the William L. Yarber Endowed Professor of Sexual Health at the Indiana University School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Reproductive Health. She is one of the leading researchers on sexual consent and remains committed to reducing rates of sexual assault on college campuses through her research and advocacy.

Dr. Jozkowski has authored or co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles and over 200 presentations at national and international conferences. Her work has also been cited by mainstream media including the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Daily Beast, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.


Length: 1 hour


Kinsey Institute


Credit: 1 credit


Audience: Public