Consent is the affirmative, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity during a sexual encounter (regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression).  Consent:

1.      Cannot be given as a result of coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.

2.      Cannot be given when is a person is incapacitated such as when someone is asleep, restrained, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or mentally or physically unable to provide consent.

3.      Can be withdrawn at any time.

4.      That is given with regard to any sexual act, or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party, does not constitute consent to any other sexual act or future sexual activity.

5.      Is not inferred nor is it given when someone is unclear.

6.      Is not given based on context such as the clothes someone is wearing, their alcohol consumption or partying or suggestive behavior.  

7.      Is not automatically given because of the status of your relationship (i.e. consent is not automatic because you are dating or married).

8.      Means that, when consent cannot be given or when it is withdrawn (such as by saying “no” or “stop”, sexual activity must immediately stop.