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What is consent?

  • Consent means giving permission for something to happen or agreeing to do something and being comfortable with that decision, emotionally and physically. The same rule applies regardless of gender expression or sexuality, if you’re planning to do anything sexual, both of you must give consent.

  • Consent has to be given freely and no one can be made to consent to something. It’s not consent if someone does something because they feel like they have to. You can also never assume that someone is giving consent, you have to be sure.

  • Consent is an essential part of a healthy relationships or interaction and it’s really important to know what it is and the many ways to spot it. Both you and the person you’re with always need to consent before sex or any intimate activity.

  • If you want to do something sexual with your partner, EVERY TIME, the responsibility lies with you to check for consent, not with your partner to say ‘no’ if they don’t want to.

  • Consent isn't permanent. Just because someone consented to something once, it still means you have to ask again as they could feel differently from last time. Also, consent to one sort of sexual activity does not mean consent to everything.

  • People can't consent when they're drunk or they've taken drugs as it can affect their judgement

  • Flirting isn't the same as consenting. Remember: if you're not sure, it's important to ask for consent.

Legal definition of Rape

A rape is when a person uses their penis without consent to penetrate the vagina, mouth, or anus of another person. Legally, a person without a penis cannot commit rape, but a female may be guilty of rape if they assist a male perpetrator in an attack.

Legal definition of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is when a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against their will, or when a person, male or female, touches another person sexually without their consent. Touching can be done with any part of the body or with an object. Sexual penetration is when a person (male or female) penetrates the vagina or anus of another person with any part of their body or an object without that person’s consent.

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