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Introduction

Attitudes toward sexual encounters have changed dramatically during the past few decades. Old norms have been replaced with greater freedoms, yet the understanding of consensual sex has not progressed accordingly. Most recently college and university campuses have been confronted with claims of a "rape culture" and a growing demand to convert the old standard of "no means no" into a new standard of "yes means yes."

Yes means yes can be very empowering in the abstract, but its practice in the muddled moments of an actual encounter has yet to be shown.  The "you must actively give consent" movement purports to change both the nature of the encounters themselves and the manner by which they are dealt with after the fact.

In response, the partners at We-Consent LLC have developed a family of mobile apps – a “yes” app for those times when the two partners are in agreement, and two “no” apps for those times when either a no is being first offered or when one partner has had a change of decision.  By having these apps on one’s phone, a young adult has changed the potential conversation.  The very muddle of emotions and reflections involved in sexual encounters now have new triggers for meaningful dialogue beforehand.  The act of “asking for consent” is now accompanied by new choices:  to record or not record -- and the act of changing one’s mind can be similarly reinforced or not.

Our apps follow a clear guideline:  protect=respect™

Our No Apps

For those times when a “no” message needs to be delivered with an extra “kick” – and for those times when previously offered consent is now withdrawn – an “at hand” mobile app can be just the thing.

WHAT-ABOUT-NO™, accessed with just a click, offers the image of a policeman repeating a stern message of no.  Anyone watching is sure to think twice.  Just show your phone to the person to whom you wish to deliver the message.  WHAT-ABOUT-NO™ is free.

The premium version adds an evidentiary twist:  the app records a video of the person watching the “no” message and safely encrypts that message first to the cloud and then to off-line servers.  This seven year encrypted record is available only to law enforcement, upon judicial order, or as evidence in a college or university sexual assault disciplinary proceeding. Once sent to storage, video records (already encrypted) are stored off line away from the prying eyes of hackers.  Even the user cannot casually obtain a copy of these videos -- preventing the potential invasion of privacy implications of their being circulated.

WHAT-ABOUT-NO™ the premium version is available at $5.99 each year.  All stored videos are encrypted and saved for seven years and a day.

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Our Yes App

As the Rolling Stone UVA incident so clearly demonstrated -- after any encounter, there are stories told and emotions to be reconciled.  Sexual encounters raise many a muddled emotion, reflection and narrative.  One always has the ability to change one’s mind about what the event means:  even after the encounter. Like every other part of life, reflections after the fact may differ from the impulse which leads to action.  Such changes of mind do not need to rise to the level of so-called "next day regrets" to have the potential to move from being a relationship issue to a claim of assault. The new Title IX standards promulgated by the US Department of Education mean that "he said/she said" can now be the basis for a finding of guilt -- leading to expulsion and more serious punishment.

In this confused and confusing environment, what is needed is a way for affirmative consent to be safely recorded and stored as potential exculpatory evidence.  Creating a record serves several mutually beneficial purposes. It provides a much needed mechanism for sharing intentions and requesting permission. It offers a new clear opportunity to say “no.” Remember not every request will be granted. If there is a record of consent, that record can be used to rebut a claim based on next day regrets.  Any such record needs to be easy to create and safe from prying eyes.

Enter WE-CONSENT™ -- a mobile app which takes less than 20 seconds to use and creates a seven year encrypted record available only to law enforcement, upon judicial order, or as evidence in a college or university sexual assault disciplinary proceeding.  With a few clicks and the word "yes", WE-CONSENT™ creates videos of both parties consenting to sexual relations with each other and sends those videos off for secure storage.  If one party says "no," the video record self-destructs.  As with the WHAT-ABOUT-NO™ app, once sent to storage, video records from WE-CONSENT™ are stored off line and thus away from the prying eyes of hackers.  Even the user cannot casually obtain a copy of these videos -- preventing the potential invasion of privacy implications of them being circulated.

WE-CONSENT™ is available at $2.99 each year.  All stored videos are encrypted and saved for seven years and a day.

Consent should be clear for everyone. No one should allow false accusations happen.  Next day regrets should not have the opportunity to become assault claims.  With a few clicks and twenty seconds, WE-CONSENT™ can create the protection you need.

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About We-Consent, LLC

We-Consent LLC is a startup created specifically to operate the WE-CONSENT™, WHAT-ABOUT-NO™, and THE-NO-APP™.  These apps are patent pending (U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No.62/109,192)


 




WE-CONSENT™

Attitudes about sexual encounters have changed dramatically during the past few decades.  The old standard of "no means no" is being replaced by a new standard of "yes means yes."  Yes means yes can be very empowering, but what constitutes affirmative consent in the moments of a sexual encounter is not always clear to both parties.

That’s why you need WE-CONSENT™. The WE-CONSENT™ App is a fast,  amazingly easy-to-use, and revolutionary way for affirmative consent to be safely recorded, encrypted and stored as evidence of both parties’ consent.  In less than 20 seconds, with a few clicks and the word "yes", WE-CONSENT™ creates videos of both parties consenting to sexual relations with each other and sends those videos off for storage.  If one party says "no" the video record self-destructs.

The encrypted record is available only to law enforcement, upon judicial order, or as evidence in a college or university sexual assault disciplinary proceeding.    Once sent to the cloud, video records (already encrypted) are then removed from online storage for security purposes and stored offline away from the prying eyes of hackers.  Even the user cannot casually obtain a copy of these videos -- preventing them from being circulated. Records are stored for seven years.

Now there is a way to practice affirmative consent and give everyone the protection and respect they deserve.

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WHAT-ABOUT-NO™

WHAT-ABOUT-NO™ allows you to make it perfectly clear to someone that you are telling them "NO".   By repeating a no message several times, emphasizing it with the image of a policeman, and then recording a video of the person being told no (which might be used as evidence against them), the WHAT-ABOUT-NO™ app is for those times when the "no" message seems not to be getting through.  Use it to end difficult conversations.  Have your children use it to "get rid" of a pesty stranger.  Just knowing you have the app can bring added confidence the next time you need to tell someone "no". 

Note:  the video of the person being told "no" is only recorded in the premium version.

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THE-NO-APP™

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