Before taking part in any type of sexual activity, everyone involved must agree. If they agree, they are giving consent.
Sexual activity without consent is illegal and harmful. If someone does not give consent and a person still engages in a sexual act with them, it is sexual assault or rape and can be very distressing to the person or people involved.
You may not be able to give consent if:
- You are asleep or unconscious
- You are being threatened or pressured
- You are being physically forced / over powered
- You are drunk
- You are high
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 for England and Wales says a person consents if they agree by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.
Physical, emotional and psychological pressure may be used to force someone else into sexual activity. Just because someone does not hold you down and make you engage in a sexual act, it does not mean you have consented.[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.