What is Consent?
Consent is a Knowing, Active, and Voluntary (KAV) agreement to do a specific act. Consent is often a misunderstood concept. Our communications are full of mixed signals regarding consent and sex. Sometimes one of the partners may not feel safe enough to say "no.”. Other times there are non-verbal signs present, and they are ignored. Do you feel safe saying No? Do you recognize that silence is not agreement or consent? Do you pay attention to nonverbal cues? Do you understand what verbal cues may mean?
Learning how to talk about consent minimizes the risk of unwanted sexual contact. Healthy relationships are built on trust AND clear communication.