What is consent?
Consent is not something that you should ever forget, dismiss or take for granted. Consent is necessary for all sexual activity.
Consent to sexual acts is defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and the key elements are that a person agrees to the act by choice... and has freedom to make that choice.
- Consent is comfortable, active, retractable, chosen, and an ongoing conversation.
- Consent is not assumed, pressured, expected, under the influence nor carried forward.
- If you do not receive a clear 'yes' every time for every act, then it is not consent. It is that simple. There are no maybes, no blurred lines, and no compromises. You must have clear consent to sexually touch or penetrate somebody else.
- When someone says 'no', that is not a tease. 'No' does not mean 'maybe'. 'No' does not mean 'later'. 'No' is not negotiable.
Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention
Learn about sexual consent in a safe space by completing our online course Consent Matters, open to all students at Warwick on Moodle.
As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to fostering a safe, respectful environment on campus, all students have access to a free online course which explores the nature of sexual consent. Simply click on the Consent Matters link or log onto Moodle and type Consent Matters in the search box to access the course.
Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention is an engaging online course with three main aims. Firstly, to help you understand sexual consent, so that you know when you have it and how to recognise situations when it can and can’t be given, whatever your gender or sexuality. Secondly, to support you in thinking about your own boundaries and how to talk about them. Thirdly, to demonstrate different ways you could step in if you see or hear something you’re uncomfortable with and make your university community a better place.
The Moodle module includes information and support for survivors of sexual violence/anyone who may have been affected by sexual violence as well as providing advice and guidance for those supporting anyone who has been affected.