Erin is presenting Consent and Abuse Awareness in Alternative Sexual Communities. Check out Erin's bio here. 1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change? I am really passionate about bringing the consent culture indicative of the Kink community into the mainstream. I believe there are many things that we can learn from alternative sexual communities regarding safety and consent that would be beneficial to everyone. My lifelong goal is nothing less than to affect positive change in society. I am a teacher because I believe, as Mandela said, that education is the most powerful tool we have to change the world. 2. Who or what was a catalyst for you? There have been many, but the most powerful catalysts in my life were those friends who believed in my wild dreams with me, and who helped me to visualize my desired future as a real possibility. 3. What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable changes that have been made in our current society and the field of sexuality? Certainly one of the most powerful shifts in our society has been around sexual consent. 4. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today? Achieving sexual freedom from cultural shame for sexual outsiders is both one of the most important challenges we are facing, and one in which we are making great progress in achieving. A person's autonomy over sexual behavior, identity, and expression, is a key component of mental health for all of us. Sexual freedom is freedom from the cultural shame that atrophies our spirits when we aren't able to share our whole selves without fear of judgement. We have made giant leaps in our mission to save ourselves from the self-flagellation of cultural shame. 5. Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic importation to you? Consent and abuse awareness in alternative sexual communities is important to me because if we aren't helping to assure the safety of the people within those communities then we aren't and never were really communities to begin with. Our communities exist so that people can share information and experiences with people we trust. Communal trust can only be achieved when we able to circle the wagons when someone is attacked. 6. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself? My first dog was named Darth Vader.