How to know if you have consent

At times it may be difficult to determine if your partner is consenting to a sexual act. Do not assume that they are consenting without asking them for their consent or being aware of their body language. Here are some tips to make sure you are on the right track.

Remember that "NO" in any form means "NO."

"No" can be expressed verbally or through physical actions, such as pushing someone away or guarding the body with crossed arms.

Legally, consent must be obtained verbally

Tips to make sure you are having consensual sex:

  • Look for a sober partner and be sober yourself -- remember that if you, or the other person are intoxicated, legally, consent cannot be given
  • A lack of a "no" does not mean "yes"
  • A "yes" once does not mean a "yes" always