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Chanel Contos: Consent Laid Bare


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‘Be ruthless with systems. Be kind with people.’ – Chanel Contos

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About the Event

Chanel Contos has generated global conversations about rape culture, consent and sex education. She has led a powerful movement to include consent education in the national curriculum, and was recently appointed by Julia Gillard to chair the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership’s Youth Advisory Committee.

Her debut book, Consent Laid Bare: Sex, Entitlement & the Distortion of Desire, is a battle cry from a generation no longer prepared to stay silent. In it, Contos explores the political, legislative and cultural changes required to combat Australia’s culture of misogyny and normalisation of sexual violence, and outlines steps to achieve true gender equality. Consent Laid Bare advocates for intimacy, consent and enjoyment to be centred in all sexual relationships.

At this exclusive Melbourne event hosted by Madison Griffiths, Contos will discuss the vital role of consent amidst a culture influenced by porn, the patriarchy and male entitlement.

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust.


Please note, this event may include references to sexual abuse and assault. If you need support relating to these topics, you can learn more and seek advice via the below resources.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36

Headspace: 1800 650 890

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292


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The bookseller for this event is Readings.

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Chanel Contos

Chanel Contos founded Teach Us Consent, a campaign that mandated consent education in Australia. Chanel was the recipient of the Australian Human Rights Commission Young People’s Medal in 2021, and in 2023 she was named NSW Young Woman of the Year for her persistent efforts towards eradicating ra... Read more

Madison Griffiths

Madison Griffiths is an author, artist and producer. Her debut book Tissue (Ultimo Press) was released in 2022, and is a boldly poetic meditation on abortion and what it has the power to represent. She is the co-producer of Tender, a podcast that tracks the journey of individuals as they decide to ... Read more


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