Consent Checklist

Consent Checklist

  • Consent in the context of sexual intimacy means clear, unambiguous and voluntary agreement to participate in sexual activity.
  • Consent is an active, not passive, expression.
  • In order for consent to exist, equal power between the parties must exist.
  • If a person says "no," regardless of the circumstances, it is not a matter for interpretation.
  • No means NO. Sexual intercourse following a spoken "no," or any other expression of refusal, is rape.
  • Consent to some activities does not imply consent to others.
  • Consent means you have the right to stop whenever you want.
  • Consent is not merely the absence of a "no" and cannot be given by someone who is asleep or mentally incapacitated due to alcohol, drugs or other conditions.
  • Giving in because of fear or pressure is not consent.
  • If a person uses force, threats, alcohol or durgs and/or uses physical, emotional or verbal pressure to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will, it constitutes sexual coercion and not consent.