SEXUAL ASSAULT: CONSENT
By Mindy Lawrence
Sexual consent is an important part of sexual relations. Getting and giving permission to have sex with someone, or someone else with you, is vitally important both emotionally and legally. Without it, going further than someone wants you to is considered sexual assault.
Here are some pointers on consent:
Sexual consent MUST be clear! Assuming the other person is ok with it is not enough. They must TELL you they are. Make sure because going ahead without consent is assault.
You can change your mind about whether or not to continue even after you’ve begun to have sex.
Checking with your partner and having your partner check with you is very important. If the other person seems uncomfortable, ask before proceeding
Slowing down or stopping completely is fine
Drinks and drugs affect whether or not consent is valid. It’s NEVER ok to continue with sex if someone is incapacitated.