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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 Sexual activity must stop as soon as consent is withdrawn.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+

RASAC-PK Consent Poster

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

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