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.



Only a fraction of those who have been assaulted report it. If this has happened to you, please call:

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Hours: Available 24 hours
1-800-656-4673

They will be able to help.

LINKS
Types of Sexual Assault, Women’s and Gender Center, Marshall University
https://www.marshall.edu/wcenter/sexual-assault/types-of-sexual-assault/

West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services,
www.fris.org

Sexual Consent
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/relationships/sexual-consent

Effects of Sexual Assault and Rape
https://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/learn/sexual-assault-rape/effects-sexual-assault-and-rape

Facts about Power-Based Personal Violence and Sexual Violence, Rowan University
https://sites.rowan.edu/sexualviolenceresponse/facts.html

Your Guide to sexual Consent, Healthline, Adrienne Santos-Longhurst
https://www.healthline.com/health/guide-to-consent

5 Things you Need to Know about Sexual Consent, ReachOut.com
https://au.reachout.com/articles/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-sexual-consent

Understanding Consent, NoMore.org
https://nomore.org/learn/understanding-consent/
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