Sex without consent is sexual assault.
- Consent is agreement or permission expressed through affirmative, voluntary words or actions that are mutually understandable to all parties involved.
- Consent cannot be coerced.
- Consent is given for a specific sexual act, and can be withdrawn at any time.
- Consent is never implied and cannot be assume, even in the context of a relationship.
- Consent cannot be given by someone who cannot understand the facts, nature, extent or implications of the sexual act occurring. This includes those who are under the legal age of consent, asleep, unconscious, mentally or physically impaired through the effects of drugs or alcohol, or due to an intellectual, or other, disability.
- 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.