What is consent?
Consent involves a person having the freedom and capacity to agree to sexual activity.
‘Freedom’ means a person’s ability to say yes or no of their own free will (and this being respected). ‘Capacity’ means a person understanding that they have choices, being able to make and communicate decisions and understanding consequences.
Here are some examples of when consent cannot be given:
- If someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol they may not have the capacity to give their consent
- If someone is being coerced, manipulated, intimidated or threatened into sexual activity then they are not being given the freedom to give consent
- If someone is unconscious or asleep they cannot give their consent.
- Consent isn’t fixed – a person has a right to change their mind at any time. Sexual activity must stop as soon as consent is withdrawn.
- Capacity to consent may also be affected by learning disabilities, mental health problems and head injuries.
- In Scotland the age of consent is 16+
If you are looking to refer any young person (12+) or adult woman to RASAC for Support please ensure you fill in all relevant sections of our referral form and entire that the individual you are referring signs the form. We aim to offer an initial appointment to the individual within two to three weeks. Alternatively we have a women's drop in every Tuesday between 12pm and 2pm at our premises at 16 King Street, Perth