Definition: Consent is willingly agreeing to specific sexual behavior through words, actions, and gestures. Verbal and NON-VERBAL modes of communication, including fine nuances such as tone of voice, facial expression, and body language can often make a verbal “yes” a “no”.
Statements that say “NO”:
- “I’m confused”
- “let’s slow down”
- “I don’t want to get pregnant”
- “I just want to fool around”
- “I just want to make out”
Actions that say “NO”
- Looking down, moving away, cringing, pushing away, looking upset, and avoiding being alone.
**It is the sole responsibility of the person initiating the sexual behavior to clarify any confusion about consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time and needs to be confirmed with every escalated intimacy. Being under the influence of alcohol can also negate consent.