Sexual consent is free and voluntary agreement to engage in the specific sexual activity. A person can agree to one form of sexual activity, but not another. It is an ongoing process.
Consent does not exist when:
- The person is under the lawful age of consent
- There is force, a threat of force, or threat of humiliation
- The person is asleep or unconscious
- The person is unlawfully detained
- The person is intoxicated to the point of being unable to give meaningful consent
- The person is incapable of understanding the nature of the activity
- The person has a mistaken belief about the identity of the other person
- The person is mistaken about the nature of the activity
To learn more about consent, please visit the Consent Matters module through FLO or Let's talk about consent.
You can also visit 'The Line', a national campaign run by 'OurWatch'.
'The Line' helps young people to understand what’s ok and what’s not when it comes to intimate relationships and encourages them to call out behaviors that hurt and disrespect others.
The video below might also help to explain what is meant by consent.
Affirmative consent is when the verbal and physical cues a person is giving you show that they are comfortable, consenting and keen to continue. It’s all about the proactive asking and giving of consent between people. A “no” is still a ‘no’, but the absence of an enthusiastic and ongoing “yes” is a ‘no’ as well.
Every person has the right to choose to have sex the way they want, and to make that choice freely every time without feeling pressured due to their circumstances or out of fear of repercussions. Saying “yes” to a kiss or allowing your partner to touch you, caress you, take your top off etc. does not imply a yes to everything.
The most basic thing to remember is that consent is voluntary, enthusiastic and continuous.