Giving sexual consent means that you willingly agree, without being put under pressure, forced, scared, drunk, or on drugs, to be involved in sexual activity such as touching, taking naked pictures or having sexual intercourse.
There are some important things to know about consent before you have a sexual relationship with someone:
- Both people who are going to have a sexual relationship must consent to it.
- To be sure that the other person is giving consent to sexual activities, you need to check with them by asking and they must answer positively (e.g. say 'Yes'). Someone not saying 'no' does not count as consent to sexual activities.
- People cannot give consent if they have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
- Flirting, or 'going along with', sexual activities, is not consent.
- Consent does not last forever. Just because you, or someone else, agreed to sexual activities before, does not mean you, or they, have agreed to sexual activities again.
- If you agree to one kind of sexual activity, it does not mean you have given consent for something else.
- You are free to take your consent away at any time.
- It is important to always respect your partner's decisions. This is important to help them feel safe and accepted.