Affirmative Consent: means an informed, affirmative, conscious, verbal, voluntary, and mutual agreement
engage in sexual activity.
- Consent must be given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation. Lack of protest
or resistance does not mean consent
- Silence does not mean consent
- Consent can be withdrawn or revoked at any time
- Consent to one form of sexual activity does not mean consent to other forms of sexual
- Prior sexual activity is not consent for future activity
Don’t make assumptions about consent. If an individual feels pressured or uncertain, is having difficulty communicating
or is afraid of how a partner might react to a “NO“ response, it is not consent.
You Have The Right To:
- Say “NO” and not feel pressured to engage in sexual activity
- Feel safe
- A relationship with someone who respects your emotional and physical wishes and boundaries
- Be assertive and direct with someone who is sexually pressuring you
- Change your mind, and if you are not sure what you want, to STOP and think about it
- Be in a relationship free of violence and abuse
- Speak with a sexual violence advocate for confidential support
- File a Report with CSUSM’s Title IX Coordinator
- Make a confidential police report, by requesting that you remain anonymous
When Should You Ask For Consent?
Before you engage in sexual activity! It is the responsibility of the person initiating
a sex act to obtain clear, affirmative consent. Whenever you are unsure if consent
has been given, you need to ask. Check-in with your partner.
Remember consent CANNOT be given if someone is:
- Unconscious, unresponsive, asleep, or incapacitated by alcohol or drugs
- Under the age of 18
- Unable to communicate due to their mental or physical condition