What is Consent?

Consent: an informed, sober, freely-given, ongoing, enthusiastic YES.

Seems simple, right? Not quite.

Consent has become a hot topic over the past several years as many sexual assault and rape cases have gained heavy media attention. The notion of rape culture on college campuses has also been a major discussion for some time now, and rightfully so. Sexual assault and rape are illegal, traumatizing, and far too common. But for some youth and young adults, it is not easily understood. Fully understanding what is meant by sexual assault and rape is important, but understanding what obtaining and providing consent means and looks like is critical.

We have gathered some great resources that explain, show, and provide language around these difficult and sometimes confusing issues. Let us know in the comments what you think of these resources and please share any others you may have!

Teaching Young People about Consent (PDF)
In this article from ACT for Youth, Elizabeth Schroeder discusses the need to talk about consent with youth “early and often,” and offers tips for educating children and youth on the topic.

What Consent Looks Like
In this short Q&A, RAINN outlines how consent plays out in real life.

What is Consent?
LoveIsRespect.org discusses the meaning of consent, what it looks like, what consent does NOT look like, and red flags.

Consent: It’s Simple as Tea
This video by Blue Seat Studios, Emmeline May, and Rachel Brian illustrates the need for consent through the clear and humorous metaphor of tea.

How Do You Know if Someone Wants to Have Sex with You?
Planned Parenthood produced this video to demonstrate what consent looks like, giving examples of ways to find out if your partner wants to do what you would like to do.

This video for middle school students is part of the AMAZE sex education video project.

These resources and many more are posted on the Dating Violence page. http://www.actforyouth.net/sexual_health/behaviors/dating_violence.cfm

Divine Sebuharara  – Divine


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