What is consent?

Consent is agreement, permission, or willingness to have contact of a sexual nature. Consenting is saying “yes” without threats, coercion or emotional blackmail. If someone asks ‘Can I borrow your bike?” and you say “Yes” that is consent. Consent can be said like “Yes, I want to have sex with you” or “that feels great” or “I like that.”

A person has the right to change their mind at any time during a sexual encounter. If someone says “no”, “stop”, I’m not sure I want to do this” or through words or behavior that implies no, then you no longer have consent. You must stop. Pushing someone away, resisting or putting clothes back on are all signs of refusal.

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