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S2 Ep.7: Joyce Short & Nina Lucas on defining consent & the Consent Advocacy Network (CAN).

In this episode, Joyce & Nina join us to take a deep dive into understanding the importance of defining consent in our legislation and the widespread impact this could have upon important causes that uphold our humanity and autonomy. Joyce Short is the founder and Chief Executive of the Consent Awareness Network (CAN) and a TEDx Talk Presenter. She has been an expert witness and the architect of several legislative bills that can radically change how consent is dealt with by our justice system. She is a sexual assault survivor and the author of 4 books that can turn our human right to consent into a civil right backed by law. Joyce has been featured on Nightline, CBS News, BuzzFeed, Inside Edition, the NY Times, and more, and she’s been quoted in books and journals, including “The Moment” by Andrea Constand, and has been honored as a 'Woman of Distinction" by the NY State Assembly. Nina Lucas serves as Chief of Staff and a Consent Outreach Ambassador for the Consent Awareness Network (CAN). She is also a member of Never Alone Advocacy, which was founded to fight back against abuse of power in the military. As a classically trained singer, Nina's secret superpower is opera and she is dedicated to applying her robust voice to inform, educate and empower however she can in all efforts to #CodifyConsent Please join us in using #CodifyConsent and #FGKIA to spread awareness to define consent as “Freely Given, Knowledgable Informed Agreement" (by a person with the capacity to reason). Consent Awareness Network Website Click here for Joyce's TEDx Talk Joyce's Book: Your Consent: The Key to Conquering Sexual Assault (revised edition) Sign & support the NY petition Donate to the Consent Awareness Network Become a Consent Ambassador! Video for kids about consent Follow Joyce on Instagram Follow Nina on Instagram Other References from the Interview: Listen to Joyce & Nina’s Interview on A Little Bit Culty Jess Hill wrote the book See What You Made Me Do & there is a documentary by the same name. Eve Wiley has helped change laws regarding consent. Check out Andrea Constand’s work. Iron Jawed Angels.  Movie of the true story of suffragist Alice Paul and the defiant young activists who re-invigorated the women's suffrage movement before the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Our Father. Documentary about the abuse of Dr. Cline Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here. If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her at Patreon. Jennifer is a cult and religious recovery counselor. She is certified in a specialized approach working with survivors that is research based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Follow Jennifer on social media at: Facebook Instagram YouTube If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email,

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