Consent. It does every body good.
The "got consent?" campaign was originally created by members of the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program at the University of New Hampshire. Everywoman's Center would like to thank SHARPP for their great idea!
what is sexual consent?
Sexual consent is informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to engage in agreed upon sexual activity.
in other words,
make sure you and your partner(s) are comfortable with whatever it is you’re doing together.
how do you ask for consent?
Does this feel good?
Is it cool if I touch you here?
Can I kiss you?
Do you want to have sex?
Do you like this?
consent is not:
Force, coercion, threats, intimidation, or physical violence
Given by individuals that are drunk or high
Offered by people that are asleep, unconscious, or physically/mentally incapacitated
quotes from umass students about consent:
“Consent means asking a question and really listening to the answer.”
“Consent is sexy!”
“Consent is a firm yes from our speech that can be heard and from our body language that can be felt.”
frequently asked questions:
What is sexual assault?
How does Massachusetts law define rape?
What if I was drunk or high?
Does it matter if I’m underage and was drinking when I was sexually assaulted?
What if both people were drunk or high?
Where can I get support around issues of consent?
where can i get support around issues of consent?
If you or someone you know has been pressured or coerced into sexual activity, call us for support! We serve the entire Hampshire County community, even though we are based at UMass. REGARDLESS of your gender, our 24-hour hotline is there to support everyone who has been affected by violence and abuse. We can be reached at (413) 545-0800 or 1-888-337-0800 (Local Long Distance).
You don't have to be in crisis to call the hotline-whether you are supporting someone who has been assaulted or time has passed since your own assault, the hotline is there to provide you with support. Call for referrals, for information about our free and confidential support groups and short-term counseling, to ask questions about supporting people in your life, or for a one-time conversation to get support for yourself. Any of these are reasons to use the hotline. You deserve to be supported!