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Consent is not something that you should ever forget, dismiss or take for granted.
Consent is necessary for all sexual activity. Consent to sexual acts is defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and the key elements of are:
That a person agrees to the act by choice …and has freedom to make that choice.
Consent is comfortable, active, retractable, chosen, and an ongoing conversation.
Consent is not assumed, pressured, expected, under the influence nor carried forward.
If you do not receive a clear ‘yes’ every time for every act, then it is not consent. It is that simple. There are no maybes, no blurred lines, and no compromises. You must have clear consent to sexually touch or penetrate somebody else.
When someone says ‘no’, that is not a tease. ‘No’ does not mean ‘maybe’. ‘No’ does not mean ‘later’. ‘No’ is not negotiable.
If you want more information about sexual consent look at: Pause Play Stop and to test your understanding of what Sexual consent means why not take their online quiz
If you are affected by anything in this page or need help, please visit:
T: 0800 9700371 Or
Tel: 02476 277777
Tel: 02476 229 292 or
Also see the Counselling Service’s information page on sexual assault.