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Lopers Don’t Guess the Yes: Getting Real About Sexual Consent

September 10th, 2018

We’re spending the month of September talking about sexual consent – let’s get real! Discussions surrounding rape, sexual harassment, and sexual consent have gained significant recognition the last few years; and movements like “No Means No” and #MeToo have emerged in order to combat the injustice and stigma associated with these topics. So what exactly is sexual consent? Consent means to actively and mutually agree to be sexual with someone. Consenting and asking for consent are all about setting your personal boundaries and respecting those of your partner. Both people must agree to sex — every single time— for it to be consensual (Planned Parenthood, 2018). Without consent, sexual activity (including oral sex, genital touching, and vaginal or anal penetration) is sexual assault or rape. Silence or lack of resistance does not demonstrate consent. Sexual consent is always clearly communicated — there should be no question or mystery. Here are the basic characteristics of consent. Consent is permission that is… sober, verbal, conscious, willingly given, enthusiastic, continuous, revocable, and absolutely …

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