Consent has been in the news a lot recently. Unfortunately, one of the reasons we've heard so much about it is because some people fail to understand - or to respect - that consent is a prerequisite to sex. Consent is a legal word with a very specific meaning which affects all of us. Although our focus here is on the meaning of consent as it relates to relationships between people, consent also affects our rights in a variety of ways. It is important to understand its meaning and its importance.
Jennifer Ann's Group is a nonprofit charity and we believe video games are the best approach to engaging, educating, and empowering people - especially adolescents.
Since 2008 we've been producing serious games which help young people, teachers, and parents and have produced these games about consent to help all people - young and old - have a thorough understanding of its meaning. We hope that our Consent Videogames will help everybody have a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, consent.
Stuck in a Dark Place is a 2017 award-winning video game about consent developed by Another Kind (Belgium) and produced by Jennifer Ann's Group. Stuck in a Dark Place was created, designed, and evaluated by a team of professionals including game design experts, psychologists, school counselors, legal experts, persuasive game researchers, and university video game professors.
This game about consent is free for students, educators, and parents! Stuck in a Dark Place can be played can be played online in a web browser (HTML5) and is available for Android devices on Google Play and Amazon Appstore. We are able to offer this game about consent at no cost due to the kind support of our sponsors. If you are helped by this consent game please consider making an online donation today or contacting us to sponsor our innovative use of persuasive video games to tackle serious issues.
Please be aware that Stuck in a Dark Place addresses many consent scenarios including sexual assault and rape. Players have the option to skip some of the depictions of assault by choosing the CONTENT WARNING setting when beginning the game. Stuck in a Dark Place has an ESRB rating of T for Teen but we encourage parents and teachers to first play Stuck in a Dark Place themselves before sharing this consent game with their teens or students.
Stuck in a Dark Place also has chapter selection setting for classroom use. Although this consent game is ideally played from start to finish in one sitting, educators have the option of selecting any of the eight chapters in order to focus on a specific consent scenario. Full playthrough of Stuck in a Dark Place takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes. Jennifer Ann's Group is in the process of developing educational materials and lesson plans for classroom use.
If educators are looking for a game about healthy relationships and teen dating violence with lesson plans we also offer HONEYMOON as a free game, either to play online or for download to Android devices. Please contact Jennifer Ann's Group if your school district is interested in participating in our pilot program utilizing HONEYMOON, a game for teens about healthy relationships.