It’s your right to say no. If you don’t want to engage in sexual activity, that’s OK.
If you have given consent but then change your mind, that’s ok too. You can withdraw your consent at any time.
You may not use the exact word ‘No’ but other words like ‘I’m not sure’ or ‘maybe later’ still means ‘no’. Your body language can also mean ‘no’. Turning away, curling up or not responding positively to touch all mean ‘no’. By not responding at all, or ‘freezing’, to sexual touch also means ‘no’.
Sexual activity should be enjoyable and must always be agreed by everyone involved. If you’re not sure that someone is giving consent, be open and ask them. It’s a good habit to get into.[clear-line]
These British Sign Language health clips were made by SignHealth with help and information from Brook. They also kindly supplied the pictures. If you need more information or advice, visit www.brook.org.uk
For more information about sexual consent, visit the Sexual Consent page on our website.