Consent is needed for a number of things in our everyday life.

Overall, consent is obtaining the permission or approval of something before you follow through.

On this page, we’ll be looking at how consent applies to sexual relationships, what it looks like and most importantly, what it does not look like.

Someone consents to sexual activity if they agree by choice and have both the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

If someone says ‘no’ to any kind of sexual activity, they are not agreeing to it. But, if someone doesn’t say ‘no’ out loud, that doesn’t automatically mean that they have agreed to it either.

Consent must be...

Consent cannot be given when:

  • Someone is unconscious or asleep
  • Someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Someone is pressured or coerced into engaging in sexual activity
  • By law, someone under the age of 16 does not have the capacity to consent to sex

If you are not sure whether consent is being given – always check. If you see or suspect someone is not 100% comfortable or happy with that’s happening, you should always stop.