People must consent to sexual activity. Consent means giving permission for  something to happen or agreeing to do something, without force or coercion.  If it is not a clear, enthusiastic “yes” then it is a “no.”Consent 101

People must consent to sexual activity. Consent means giving permission for something to happen or agreeing to do something, without force or coercion. If it is not a clear, enthusiastic “yes” then it is a “no”.

Source: Consent is Golden: Do you get it? 

Consent:

  • Must be given freely by all people involved
  • Must be a clear YES
  • Must not be assumed or implied
  • Is never silence or the absence of NO
  • Is active and ongoing
  • Can change if anyone changes their mind
  • Cannot be given if someone is impaired or unconscious
  • Cannot exist under threats or coercion
  • Does not carry over from one activity to another. Consent for one sexual activity is not consent for other or future sexual activities
  • Does not exist if someone abuses a position of trust, power or authority[i] 

Consent is required for any sexual activity.  Physical exchanges in the workplace also require consent - for example, to hold someone’s hand, give a hug, touch someone’s hair, or touch a woman’s pregnant belly. These actions may seem harmless, but they cross someone’s personal space and boundaries. Always ask for consent before entering someone’s personal space or touching their body.

 

 

[i] Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, Overcoming Barriers and Enhancing Supportive Responses:  The Research on Sexual Violence against Women, Western University, May 2012, p.10.