The remainder of this class will discuss practical strategies for consent activists. We call our approach Risk-Aware Activism, by analogy to the common practice of Risk-Aware Consensual Kink (RACK). Risk-Aware Activism has three core principles:
Understand the risks. To make good decisions about risk, you need to have a clear understanding of the risks you’re facing. Chapters one and two should have provided you with a solid layperson’s understanding of some of the legal risks you face.
Manage your risk. You can’t eliminate the risks associated with consent work, but you can manage your risk by being thoughtful and adhering to best practices for risk reduction. The rest of this class will give you concrete tools for managing your risk in some common situations.
Know your risk profile. You need to make your own decision about the extent to which you’re willing to accept different types of risk. You might decide, for example, that you are willing to accept the risk of being outed but you want to minimize your risk of being sued.
Let’s begin by talking about what to do if someone threatens you.