Violence Prevention

Getting and Giving Sexual Consent

Communication, honesty and respect make sexual relationships better. Asking for and getting consent shows respect for yourself and your partner. Neither your body nor your sexuality belongs to someone else.

What is Consent? Consent is knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each individual involved to obtain valid consent prior to engaging in any form of sexual conduct. It is important to remember:

  • Consent is an active agreement that can be withdrawn at any time, for any reason
  • Consent is a process: if you want to try something different, ask. Check in with your partner every step of the way.
  • Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to another
  • Consent cannot be assumed, even in the context of current or former relationships
  • Consent cannot be coerced
  • The absence of a "no" or a lack of resistance does not imply consent
  • A person who is incapacitated by alcohol or other drugs cannot give consent. If you are unsure if someone is sober enough to consent, it is best to play it safe and not engage in any sexual activity at that time. 

Both people must be involved in the decision to engage in sexual activity. Use the links below to learn more about consent:

Consent Conversations

*Content Warning: This workshop explores sexual consent and may include discussion of sexual violence.

This 1.5 hour workshop supports students in developing a mutual respect framework for consent and in building a personal script for consent communication that is culturally relevant and flexible. Students explore how culture, education, and communication style impact our understanding and application of consent, and think through ways to create the emotional and physcial safety necessary for open, honest consent conversations.

Check out our schedule here for upcoming workshop dates.