The Microphone Project provides a resource to help teachers, parents and community group leaders start a conversation with students on topics including consent, healthy relationships, communication and support.
This resource supports Grade 9 Health Curriculum and outcomes specific to sexual health.
Learning goals for grade 9 students:
During the lesson, students will be able to:
- identify other areas in their lives where consent is needed (knowledge);
- identify and practice scripts for asking, answering and negotiating consent (skills);
- accept the need to ask for and obtain consent in sexual relationships (attitudes).
PEI singer/songwriter Kinley Dowling wrote the song Microphone to tell the story of how she was sexually assaulted after her high school prom 15 years ago.
The Youth Engagement working group of the Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention provided the vision of using the song and video as a classroom resource on Prince Edward Island. With the support of Kinley, video director Jenna MacMillan, and the task team, the Microphone Project was born.
Kinley’s song and subsequent video has received much acclaim for bringing attention to sexual assault and its impact on survivors.