Consent is So Frat

Making consent and healthy relationships part of what it means to be a fraternity brother or sorority sister.

A Broader Consent is So Frat – Why We Must Work with Sororities

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Consent is So Frat started as a fraternity-focused organization, recognizing the need to increase fraternity commitment to cultures of consent. As we expanded and began talking with a greater number of schools and Greek communities, we had several sorority sisters that reached out to us as well. While we had always had women on staff, knowing that our work had to come from a a variety of Greek perspectives, we hadn’t thought of how important it was to be an organization that worked with all of Greek life.

As the White House initiative It’s On Us is stressing, men need to work to stand up and be allies in ending sexual violence. But if the goal of Consent is So Frat is to make a Greek community that can be leaders in promoting consent and preventing sexual assault on campus, we have to work with the entire Greek community.

Studies have shown that sorority women are significantly more likely to have been victims of sexual violence (1). However, this increased risk isn’t the only reason for including sorority women in the work we’re doing. As Erin Shannon, Sigma Sigma Sigma sister at The College of New Jersey and member of the Consent is So Frat team, points out:

“We are as much a part of Greek life as fraternities are, which means that it is also on us to promote healthy sexuality, consent, communication, and relationships. We can work together with fraternities to change the bad reputation the Greek community has by also advocating for our members to respect consent in their relationships.”

By working together, fraternities and sororities can make consent and preventing sexual violence a priority and value of their entire Greek community. They can use its resources to make a real difference within their community. Taking ownership of the issue from the entirety of a school’s Greeks gives it purpose, and is incredibly important to do. After all, according to Erin, sexual violence “is a real, tangible concern that hurts both fraternities and sororities.”

We’re excited that many of the steps needed to include sororities in our work have already been brought to us by interested sorority members. We have begun to receive Campus Representative applications from sorority women and look forward to accepting them as part of the Consent is So Frat project on their campus. We’ve had requests to talk with sorority women along with fraternity men at colleges. We’ve even received our first Consent is So Frat sorority photo, from Alpha Epsilon Phi at SUNY New Paltz.

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We look forward to the work that we’re doing to expand in order to reach the larger Greek community. Working with sororities alongside fraternities is necessary to, as Erin says, “make consent a healthy integral part of what it means to a brother or sister.”


Have more ideas of how Consent is So Frat can be more inclusive of sororities and other Greek organizations? Want to know how your sorority can participate in Consent is So Frat? Send us a Facebook message or an email at fratconsent@gmail.com.

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