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Consent matters

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

Consent Matters

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.

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.

Consent Matters Student Focus Group - Thursday 31 January, 13.00-14.00,Senate House

Keen to have your say in how online consent education can be improved? Join Epigeum for a lunchtime focus group on Thursday 31 January 2019, 13.00-14.00 in Senate House. The focus group will be run by Kat Rylance, Commissioning Editor at Epigeum. It will be aimed at gathering your valuable feedback on Epigeum's course Consent Matters. Feedback will be used to ensure that the new version of Consent Matters reflects student needs and provides the best possible learning experience.

The session will be very informal and involves a combination of short questionnaires, group discussion and hands-on course evaluation . Free refreshments and lunch will be provided as part of the session.

If you have 40 minutes to spare to be part of this student panel, please contact Annunziata Videtta

Places given on a first come, first served basis. All students welcome.