WHAT IS CONSENT?

consent is the practice of seeking freely given + explicit permission from someone else before doing something;  usually in a sexual or romantic context.

YOUR CONSENT CHECKLIST

CONSENT MUST BE...

FROM SOMEONE OVER 18

SOMEONE UNDER 18 CANNOT LEGALLY CONSENT TO ANY SEXUAL ACTIVITY. REGARDLESS OF THEIR APPEARENCE OR ATTITUDE TOWARDS SEXUAL ACTIVITY, ALWAYS ENSURE THAT SOMEONE IS OVER 18 BEFORE SEEKING CONSENT.

CLEARLY EXPRESSED

CONSENT SHOULD BE CLEARLY EXPRESSED. "MAYBE" OR "I'M NOT SURE" DO NOT SUFFICE AS CONSENT TO SEXUAL ACTIVITY.  CONSENT SHOULD BE CLEARLY AND VERBALLY EXPRESSED.

SILENCE IS NEVER CONSENT.

COHERENT

CONSENT IS NOT VALID IF IT IS GIVEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AND/OR ALCOHOL. IF SOMEONE IS NOT MENTALLY CAPABLE TO CONSENT DUE TO INTOXICATION OR UNCONCIOUSNESS, THEIR CONSENT, EVEN IF IT MEETS THE OTHER REQUIREMENTS, CANNOT BE REGARDED AS VALID. CONSENT MUST BE COHERENT.

FREELY GIVEN + ONGOING

CONSENT SHOULD NEVER BE COERCED OR FORCED. CONSENT IS NOT REAL IF IT IS OBTAINED THROUGH MANIPULATIVE BEHAVIOUR. MOREOVER, CONSENT CAN BE REVOKED AT ANY TIME. IF SOMEONE IS FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE AND ASKS TO STOP, PREVIOUS CONSENT DOES NOT ALLOW FOR GROUNDS TO CONTINUE.

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