Consent is giving permission for something to happen or an agreement to do something. Sexual consent means freely agreeing to sexual activity.
The age of consent for any form of sexual activity is 16, regardless of your gender or sexual orientation.
Sex should be fun and pleasurable for all people involved. It’s good to discuss your likes, dislikes and what you are happy doing with a partner before you engage in any sexual activity.
Remember, you can withdraw consent at any time during sex if you want to stop. If you are unsure if someone is consenting then it’s simple, just ask!
Sometimes people feel pressured into giving consent because they have been pestered, intimidated, or faced physical or emotional threats. Due to this, they are unable to consent, as consent needs to be given freely. If you are feeling pressured into giving consent, then the person is not respecting you.
It’s OK to say no.
Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, a person must have the freedom, capacity and choice to consent to sexual activity.
If someone is not physically resisting or verbally refusing sexual contact, you can’t assume that they are giving consent. You won’t be ‘ruining the mood’ if you ask for consent, or ask what activity your partner would like to do, don’t assume you know!
Here’s what is and isn’t considered consent.
Proper consent is an enthusiastic yes, not an absence of no. Sex should be free from pressure and full of pleasure!