We hear a lot about consent when it comes to sex. But what does consent mean? How do we ask someone for consent to kiss them? To have sex with them? How do we decide if we want to give someone consent?
As well – should people be asking us for our consent about other things besides sex? Should staff ask for our consent when figuring out what the day’s activities will be? Can our parents make us eat broccoli without our consent?
Let’s have a conversation!
If sex is going to happen, it’s essential that everyone agrees that they want to. If a person agrees they want to have sex, that means they’re giving consent. But how can you tell if someone wants to have sex? How can you tell if someone is giving consent? In this guest video by Planned Parenthood, they break it down and make it clear.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority published a pocket guide detailing how to support the sexuality of folks living in care facilities.
For a while now people have been asking for a short pamphlet on this topic for families and staff.