Updated: Feb 28
What is consent?
On a broader note, consent is permission.
In this article, we're referring to sexual consent, or an agreement to participate in a sexual act.
What counts as consent?
Consent is a clear, voluntary agreement to participate in a sexual act.
Consent is NOT:
Silence or not responding
Not physically resisting
Saying "yes" while drunk, high, sleeping, or otherwise unconscious
Being forced to say "yes"
Assumed because it was given in the past
Automatically given because two individuals are in a relationship
When do I need to ask for consent?
Whenever one person wants to move to the next level of intimacy, they must ask for and then receive consent before continuing.
It is the responsibility of the person initiating a sexual act to make sure the other person is consenting.
Consent can be withdrawn
At any point, the other person can withdraw consent and decide they don't want to continue a sexual act. Respect this decision.
Why is consent important?
Consent is the foundation of any relationship, sexual or not.
Clear, ongoing consent ensures that both parties feel safe, comfortable, and respected. Disregarding consent breaks trust and creates an untrustworthy environment
Sex without consent is sexual assault.
Point, blank, period. If clear, ongoing, and sober consent was not received for a sexual act or was revoked, moving forward with the act is sexual assault.
What do I do if I've been sexually assaulted?
The first thing to remember is it is not your fault.
Like we said, it is the responsibility of the person initiating a sexual act to ask for and receive consent before moving forward.
If you've been sexually assaulted, you can get assistance at:
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-(800) 656-4673
If you live in Palm Beach County:
Rape Crisis/Victim Hotline: 1-(866) 891-7273 Palm Beach County Victim Services SART Center: (561) 625-2568 Palm Beach County Victim Services (Belle Glade): (561) 996-4871 Palm Beach County Victim Services (Delray Beach): (561) 274-1500 Palm Beach County Victim Services (Palm Beach Gardens): (561) 625-2568 Palm Beach County Victim Services (West Palm Beach): (561) 355-2383