Friday, April 14, 2017

SAAM 2017: Consent 101

Sexual consent is the active process of willingly and freely choosing to participate in sexual activity with another person (or people).

Every person involved with the sexual activity needs to be actively giving consent. All participants need the autonomy to make and voice any choice without being forced, manipulated, or pressured. Moreover, if an act is illegal, no consent can be given. Example: If an adult has sex with a minor, that is an illegal act. No matter what the minor says, they cannot give consent to an illegal act.

Rules of Consent

  • Consent can be revoked at any time.
    • Whether you've been with someone one time or 100, nothing makes consent automatic.
  • In some situations, consent cannot be truly given.
    • These situations include being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, being asleep, being unable to understand what one is consenting to, etc. Good rule of thumb - if you have to wonder "is this okay?" and they can't answer, don't do it.
  • Nonconsent means stop.
    • If someone is not consenting with words or actions, that means the other party/parties must stop.
  • A lack of no does not mean yes.
    • Silence does not equal consent.
What is not consent?
  • The way you dress.
  • Flirting.
  • Being drunk or under the influence of drugs.
  • Kissing or any other sexual activity is not consent for every sexual act.
  • Pressuring someone using coercion or threats.
  • Anything that's illegal - Head to RAINN to find out more about the Legal Role of Consent.

Until Next Time,
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