The following information is retrieved from AWARE’s website.

What is consent?

Consent is showing agreement to take part in a sex act.

Consent must be given freely, voluntarily, and actively to count. There must be no threat, intimidation, pressure or guilt-tripping.

All words, behaviour and circumstances are crucial to decide whether consent exists. Just because no one said “no” does not mean there is consent. Objection may be implied from the context and from the relationship of the parties.

All people have the right to say “no” at any point. Consent to some sexual acts (e.g. kissing, oral sex) does not equate to consent to penetration. A person might also consent to sex at one point, but change their mind later.