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What is Consent?

Graphic displaying "Consent is a clear YES not the absense of a NO"

  • Informed, knowing, and voluntary (freely given).
  • Active (not passive).
  • Affirmative action through clear words or actions.
  • Creates mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity.
  • Cannot be obtained by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion.
  • Cannot be given by someone known to be—or should be known to be—mentally or physically incapacitated. Incapacitation is a state where individuals cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent.