We are C.A.R.E.S., Compassionate And Respectful Engagement Squad. As active members of the electronic dance music community, we promote consent-aware interactions in nightlife settings. C.A.R.E.S. provides tools to address situations where boundaries may be crossed. We hope to foster safe environments and encourage discussion about consent, whether it has to do with flirting, sex, or simply respectful interactions with one another.
The origin of C.A.R.E.S traces back to a New Year's Eve party that we threw in 2013. Throughout the evening, we each noticed various incidents of uncomfortable/possibly dangerous encounters on and around the dancefloor. To our collective surprise and alarm, we each discovered that we had all experienced and witnessed such incidents of sexual assault at parties in the past. Perhaps you have had similar encounters, too.
C..A.R.E.S wants to:
Empower partygoers to say no to uncomfortable situations
Create a safer environment, especially when intoxicants are involved
Offer respectful yet assertive ways to confront aggressors and to protect each other