Consent is an agreement to do something. Consent is imperative in life and if it is not present in a sexual situation then it is sexual assault.
What Consent Is:
- Informed: Every one must know what they are getting into.
- Free: No one can be under any duress or manipulation.
- Enthusiastic: Everyone must want to be doing it.
- Ongoing: Consent can be revoked at any point.
Situations where consent is not possible :
- Children, can not consent to sexual things ever.
- Consent in an abusive relationship is not possible
- Consent to sexual acts cannot happen between family members
What Consent is Not:
- The lack of a no. If there is not a yes, then it is not consent
- Dressing or acting in a sexual manner
- If anyone is too afraid or uncomfortable to say no then it is not consent
- If any party is too intoxicated to understand or say no
- Having said “yes” to a previous sexual encounter
How to Practice Good Consent:
- Talk about what you and your partner(s) are comfortable doing before you have sex.
- Continuously ask your partner(s) if they are okay with what you are currently doing.
- Freely expressing what you do and do not want
- Respect of your partner(s) in all ways