What is Consent?

Legally, consent means that you have the cognitive capacity to freely and voluntarily agree to something because you want to.

Consent is not freely and voluntarily given if you:

  •  Are under 16, or have a serious physical or intellectual disability.
  •  Are under force.
  •  Are unconscious or asleep.
  •  Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Are under threat or intimidation.
  •  Are in fear of bodily harm.
  •  Have a mistaken belief that the offender was your sexual partner.