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Consent 101


Journal Activity

Use the Ask for Consent infographic to map out step-by-step ideas for how you might talk with someone about sexual consent. This is a private journal entry; nobody needs to see this but you. Take this opportunity to think through your questions and concerns when it comes to how you ask for consent — and how you know you’re hearing their consent in an accurate, meaningful, and joyful way.


Learn the Basics of Consent

Download: Ask For Consent PDF below


•“Will Saying Yes to Affirmative Consent Curb Campus Sexual Assault?” is a PBS debate featuring two experts on the issues: Jaclyn Friedman, is co-editor of “Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and World Without Rape.” Shikha Dalmia is a senior analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.


•Current laws require that you cannot have sex with somebody who has not consented.

•Proponents of “yes means yes” argue that in adjudicating sexual assault cases, active consent should be the standard rather than having to prove that someone said no to sex.


•Opponents of “yes means yes” as a legal standard for adjudicating sexual assault case argue that this framework erodes the assumption of innocent until proven guilty, which is a foundation of democracy’s principle of due process.


•In 2014, former California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first affirmative-consent standard into law. California law requires that state universities apply an affirmative consent standard to campus judicial board decisions about sexual assault and Title IX. The state’s criminal statutes define sexual assault more narrowly.

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