What Does Consent Mean? What Does it Feel Like?
We hear a lot about consent these days. But what does it mean to consent to something? In this video, people talk about what consent means – when it comes to sex, and when it comes to other things in life.
SexSense is a free hotline where you can get your questions answered by phone or email.
Scarleteen is a free website with lots of consent questions sent in by people, and answers from sexual health educators.
WAVAW and BCMSSA are organizations that help people who have experienced consent violations, sexual abuse, and assault.
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Why We Talk About…
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?
We all have rights, but it can be hard to stand up for them if we don’t know what they are. Do we have the right to information about sex? Do people have to ask before they touch us? Do doctors have to keep our conversations with them private? Do two people have the right to date if they both say yes but a family member or staff disagrees with their decision? Do people have the right to have children if they want them? Can someone tell us we’re not allowed to be gay? What if someone wants to date us but we’re not sure how we feel about them? Who can we ask about this stuff?
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