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TWO AND A HALF TUESDAYS: MISS QUESTION

Dear Two and A Half,

Can consent be verbally and non-verbally expressed?

Signed,

Miss Question
Dear Miss Question,

Consent can be a simple yes to engage in sexual activity. However, just because you do not say “yes” does not mean you are consenting. Consent means that you know and understand what is going on (you are not unconscious or blacked out or intellectually disabled) you know what you want to do, you are able to say what you want to do and you are sober (not under the influence of alcohol or drugs). Also, if you want to change your mind about having sex, this is okay as well.

Best,

Two and A Half

Source: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/sexual-assault.html