Consent is informed, freely, and actively given, and mutually understood. If physical force, coercion, intimidation, and/or threats are used, there is no consent. If the victim/survivor is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the victim/survivor cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation, and the condition was or would be known to a reasonable person, there is no consent. This includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious.
Consent is a clear YES to the sexual act in question, every time.
Consent to one form of sexual activity cannot imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
Previous relationship or consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts
Silence and/or body language, in and of themselves, cannot be interpreted as consent.
Consent is active, not passive.
Informed and voluntary consent is free of risk, and a process which respects all partners' boundaries.
The following is NOT consent:
Giving in because of fear
Going along to gain approval
Going along to avoid being hurt
Giving in due to coercion
Consent cannot be given if someone is mentally and/or physically incapacitated (by alcohol, drug use, unconsciousness, sleep, sleep deprivation, restraint, blackout or legal status) where someone cannot give a rational, reasonable response.
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