Have you been inspired by ASPECC, but disappointed to find we are not in your area yet?
Make it happen! Consider founding a new chapter in your community! While it is a considerable amount of work to get started, we know, personally and organizationally, how rewarding it is to lead your community in positive, lasting change. Read on to learn how you too can make it happen!
What is an ASPECC Chapter?
ASPECC Chapters are trained, peer-led groups that engage in year round activities to support the growth of sex positive values that include: acceptance and understanding of sexual diversity; dismantling gender norms that support sexually assaulting behaviours; understanding of consent in relationships and intimacy to support empowered, respectful connections; and creating opportunities for accessible, shame-free sex education that is comprehenisve and inclusive.
Community needs regarding sex positivity varies from location to location, and therefore ASPECC Chapters use a local, flexible approach, rather than insisting that your community fits into a standard chapter mold. Every ASPECC Chapter can choose which chapter modules to include, and when, in order to fit their community needs.
Who Can Start an ASPECC Chapter:
Anyone ages 14 and up can start a chapter, with the chapters of their choice. For folk under 18, they will need an adult to agree to oversee the group (Aside from the QAF and Pleasure Crew modules, which require that all chapter members adults).
ASPECC Chapter Modules are:
ASPECC Consent Chapters engage their communities in learning about affirmative, empowered consent through workshops, presentations, activities and led discussions. This module can be started by anyone ages 12 and up
ASPECC Sexual Health And Wellness Chapters support their communities through workshops and access to resources to support their sexual health, relationship health, and self-empowerment.
ASPECC EMPOWER! Chapters offer social support groups for neurodivergent individuals and families to support self-advocacy, understanding of emotions, thoughts and behaviours, and to build resiliency and community for folk that often experience isolation.
ASPECC Youth Chapters offer queer youth supports, hook youth up to local resources, and most importantly, safe space for youth who often face hatred, violence and exclusion in other spaces
ASPECC QAF *queer as fuck* Chapters focus on supporting the needs of the queer community through building awareness, educating the public and building supportive, inclusive environments in their community.
The Pleasure Crew Chapters offer adult events that support the sexual health and wellness of adults by providing spaces that have a high consent bar and zero tolerance for sexual agression, racism, abelism, homophobia and other hateful behaviours.