Most of the time when people talk about consent, they are referring to some kind of sexual or physical activity with someone else. Consent is about openly talking and agreeing on what kind of activity you want to engage in, whether that’s holding hands, kissing, touching, sex or anything else. It’s really important for everyone to feel comfortable with what’s happening.
Both parties need to seek and give consent but it is ultimately the person seeking consent who has the responsibility to ensure it is given and understood.
- If in any doubt, assume that consent has NOT been given
- It’s also important to check that the other person continues to consent – ask ‘Are you happy with this?’ and ‘Are you sure?’, and to stop immediately if the answer is not ‘yes’ (the absence of a ‘no’ is not the same as a ‘yes’)
- Consent must be enthusiastic – if it’s not an enthusiastic yes, then it’s a no
- Saying ‘If you don’t want to, that’s ok’ is also very important
Sexual activity without consent is an offence.
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