Sexual Violence and Misconduct

Sexual Consent

Indiana University defines "sexual consent" as

An agreement or permission expressed through affirmative, voluntary words or actions that are mutually understandable to all parties involved.

The Definition through Examples
  • Consent is given for a specific sexual act at a specific time and can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent cannot be given by someone who, for any reason, cannot understand the facts, nature, extent, or implications of the sexual situation occurring, including, but not limited to, those who are under the legal age of consent, asleep, unconscious, mentally or physically impaired through the effects of drugs or alcohol, or mentally impaired due to an intellectual or other disability.
  • Consent cannot be coerced or compelled by duress, threat, or force.
  • Consent cannot be assumed based on silence, the absence of “no” or “stop,” the existence of a prior or current relationship, or prior sexual activity.
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