The definition of sexual consent can be confusing in real life and sometimes people find it hard to understand what consent means in different situations. The law defines consent as someone agreeing ‘by choice’ to the sexual experience and having ‘the freedom and capacity to make that choice’. For example, if someone is drunk, asleep, unconscious or too young to understand about sex, they are unable to give consent.
It important to remember that it doesn’t matter who the other person is, what your relationship with them might be, or how far you’ve gone with them in the past – you always have a right to say no or withdraw your consent at any time.
Consent can be given both verbally and physically, so as well as verbally communicating consent, it’s important to keep in mind someone’s body language.
Do you think consent was given in this video about Laura & Matt? What could be some examples of both verbal and non-verbal consent?