Click here or press the Escape key to leave this site now
Helpline 01738 630965
Office 01738 626290

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 Sexual activity must stop as soon as consent is withdrawn.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.
  • Anyone under the age of 13 cannot legally consent.

You can see our Consent Poster that we use in Schools and in Youth Groups here.

Latest news

Reclaim the Night - Placards and Posters Workshop

Reclaim the Night - Placards and Posters WorkshopNov 16: a creative workshop for survivors to make their own placards to carry on the Reclaim the Night march.

6th December 2017 Multi-agency Networking Lunch & Screening of Resilience

6th December 2017 Multi-agency Networking Lunch & Screening of ResilienceNov 14: RASAC-PK are delighted to be screening Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

RASAC P&K Annual General Meeting

RASAC P&K Annual General MeetingOct 19: Come along on 26th October and find out what recovery and prevention services we have delivered over the last year throughout Perth and Kinross.

Reclaim the Night Perth 2017

Reclaim the Night Perth 2017Oct 19: A march on 7th December to reclaim our right to walk the streets at night and to protest at all forms of violence against women and children.

Loading