Consent is a voluntary, mutual, sober, wanted, honest and informed verbal agreement of permission that needs to take place before either party moves on to the next level of sexual or even sensual intimacy. Consent is an important part of a healthy sexuality. Both people should be involved in consent.
If there is an absence of “no”, it does not mean that there is a yes.
Consent is important in every kind of sexual encounter, whether it is a short fling or a long-term relationship.
--Asking for or obtaining consent means that you respect the other person in the relationship and you respect yourself.
--It allows for better communication, respect, and honesty, which in turn makes sex better.
--Promotes positive views on sex and sexuality.
--Builds confidence and self-esteem.
--Allows you to communicate what type of sexual relationship you like and become close with your partner.
The only way to know if someone has given you consent is if they tell you. If you are ever unsure about whether consent was given, then ask your partner. It is sexy when you take your partner's feelings and views into consideration before anything is decided.
Anyone who is incapacitated due to use of alcohol or other drugs is unable to provide consent.
If you are feeling uncomfortable, you always have the right to slow things down or say no.