Consent to engage in sexual activity must exist from the beginning to end of each instance of sexual activity.  Consent consists of an outward demonstration indicating that someone has freely chosen to engage in sexual activity.  In the absence of an outward demonstration, consent does not exist.  Consent is informed, knowing and voluntary.  Consent is demonstrated through mutually understandable words and/or actions that clearly indicate a willingness to engage in sexual activity.

Seeking consent is communicating effectively what you are seeking and have a clear understanding of what is receiving.

Receiving consent is having a clear agreement or desire to engage in a specifically named sexual activity.  Always asking if there is any doubt about what the other person is communicating.  There is no consent if it results from the use of physical force, intimidation, coercion, or incapacitation.

Incapacitation is the inability, temporarily or permanently, to give consent, due to mental or physical  incapability, unconsciousness, or vulnerability or for some other reason.  

Consent to engage in sexual activity may be withdrawn by either party at any time.  Withdrawal of consent must also be outwardly demonstrated by words or actions that clearly indicate a desire to end sexual activity.  Once withdrawal of consent has been expressed, sexual activity must cease.

Consent is: Caring, respectful, involves open communication about sex, asking, can say no at any time and be respected.

Additional Information

If you are assaulted:  Sexual Misconduct Resources

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