What is Consent?

What is consent?

Consent is two parties, fully aware and able, agreeing to a mutual act.

Consent is not complicated. However, there is still some confusion about what consent does or does not look like.

An easy way to remember consent is FRIES, a handy acronym by Planned Parenthood.

Consent is:

  • Freely given
  • Reversible
  • Informed
  • Enthusiastic
  • Specific.

If it’s not all of those things, it’s not consent.

Sexual Consent

Consent is key to healthy sexual experiences. Always have sex with consent. Do not pressure your partner into having sex or performing sexual acts they do not agree to.

Do not ignore someone if they say “No” or seem reluctant. Your partner always has the right to say “No” even if you are married or living together. Silence does not mean she agrees. Importantly, if someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they cannot consent.

Get more information about what men can do to prevent sexual abuse.

Learn more about the other types of abuse.

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