Consent: Consent is clearly communicating “Affirmative Yes” about sexual activity on your own terms. It can be limited to certain acts and revoked at any time.
- Voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity
- Approval that can be withdrawn at any time
Consent cannot be given if a person is:
- Physically or mentally incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs – this means if a person is drunk or high, they cannot give consent to engage in sexual activity
- Under the age of consent
- Physically or mentally impaired
5 Principles of Consent
Privilege – Sex is never a right, it is a privilege.
Permission – Since sexual contact is a privilege, you must have permission every time.
Justification – There is never a good enough excuse to violate another’s boundaries.
Intent – To ensure that sexual boundaries are not crossed, your intent must be to “First, do no harm.”
Responsibility – You are entirely responsible for your own actions. Persons who experience sexual assault never bear the responsibility of harm caused by others.
Signs of Non-Consent
Verbal Refusal : When someone says “no” or “don’t do that” or “please stop” or “I don’t want to do this.”
Implied Verbal Refusal: When someone says “I don’t think I want to go this fast” or “I’m not sure I want to do this.”
Physical Resistance: Trying to get away, freezing up, trying to leave, rolling over or away, pushing away, moving someone’s hands, trying to put clothes back on.
***If sexual activity continues after any of these indicators, a crime has been committed.***