What is consent?
Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, Consent to sexual activity refers to the agreement by choice and having both freedom and capacity to make that choice. Sexual consent can be granted to one activity but not to another and can be withdrawn altogether at any time.
Why consent is important?
Consent is a legal requirement - it is not optional and it must be respected at all times. Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, consent to sexual activity must be by choice, and having the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Any unwanted sexual activity, pressuring your partner, or continuing with sexual activity when consent has been withdrawn or your partner/s are no longer comfortable, is considered sexual assault or rape. This can have a devastating impact on the mental health and well-being of those involved. It is important to have open and honest conversations with your sexual partner/s to establish boundaries and to maintain a respectful, healthy, and happy sex life.