What Is Consent?


noun: consent; plural noun: consents

1. permission for something to happen or agreement to do something. “no change may be made without the consent of all the partners”
synonyms: agreement, assent, acceptance, approval, approbation; More permission, authorization, sanction, leave; backing, endorsement, support; informalgo-ahead, thumbs up, green light, OK
“the consent of all members”
antonyms: dissent

verb: consent; 3rd person present: consents; past tense: consented; past participle: consented; gerund or present participle: consenting

1. give permission for something to happen. “he consented to a search by a detective”
synonyms: agree to, assent to, yield to, give in to, submit to

Seems like such a simple concept – yet sadly, it is misused and abused frequently in assault cases. It’s really a very specific concept, either yes or no – you cannot “imply consent”, no answer at all does not equal a yes…

The folks at Campus Clarity found a way to make it as simple as possible to explain. After you watch the video, have a look at the Survivor notes on this site http://www.survivinginnumbers.org for some more perspective.

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