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What is consent?

  • Informed, knowing, and voluntary (freely given),
  • Active (not passive),
  • Affirmative action through clear words or actions,
  • Create 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.
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