What is Consent?
Consent is the voluntary agreement to participate in a specific activity, whether it be a hug, kiss, a type of sexual activity, or even sending an intimate photo. Consent is an active, direct, voluntary, unimpaired and conscious choice and agreement between individuals of legal age.
Consent is mandatory when it comes to sexual activity. Consent is also about creating a space where people are respected, have choice, and can decide for themselves what is best for them.
Every person has different comfort levels and boundaries. It is important to ask, listen, and respect a person’s answer when it comes to consent, without assuming they will be okay with it, without pressuring them to say yes, or needing to know why if they say no.
Let’s break down the components of consent that must be present in order for consent to exist.