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Sex without consent is rape.

What is consent?

Sexual consent is where a person has the ability and freedom to agree to sexual activity.

Sex without consent is rape

  • Make sure the other person is participating freely and readily.
  • You can confirm if you have consent both verbally and by checking the other person’s body language.
  • Someone on drugs or too drunk to make decisions doesn’t have the mental capacity to give consent.
  • If someone is on drugs or seems too drunk to consent, or you’re not sure, stop. Wait until they are sober and ask them again.
  • Somebody who is asleep or unconscious cannot give consent.
  • Other things can also affect a person’s capacity to consent. Examples include a serious mental health problem, learning disability or a head injury. Having capacity means the person can make and communicate a decision, understanding the consequences and knowing they have a choice.
  • If they cannot do this they cannot give consent.
  • Your partner has the right to withdraw their consent at any time. Once consent is withdrawn you must stop engaging in sexual activity immediately.