As a circus instructor and performer Adie Delaney is no stranger to sweaty palms and an elevated heart rate. The fear of being in the air doesn't escape her and even provides an element of fun to performing.
Ms Delaney has performed all over the world and now teaches her craft to children here in Tasmania. She is also a Primary Prevention Educator with the Sexual Assault Support Service.
"[Prevention] is about trying to create systemic change so harmful things don't happen in the first place," Ms Delaney said.
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"One of the things that I identified was a really big issue was that we don't have a fundamental internal understanding of consent."
Through her role at SASS, Ms Delaney realised she had a platform to change attitudes through her teaching.
By changing the language she used when instructing people, especially young people, Ms Delaney hoped to instil in them the belief that they have control over their own bodies.
Now she is sharing that idea with the world through a TED talk. The talk went live on TED's website on Thursday and was the result of about a year of work.
"My hope is that people stop viewing consent as something that only applies to a sexual experience because consent is something we are always either doing or not doing and it needs to be taught from birth," Ms Delaney said.
She said anecdotal evidence had shown her new technique was making a difference.
"We are seeing really empowered young people who are making positive choices for themselves in the circus space and in their personal lives," Ms Delaney said.
- If you or someone you know has been affected by issues raised in this article help is available from the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732
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