What is consent?

Consent means saying YES (agreeing) to sexual contact.

Here are some examples of situations where there is no consent:

  • You are tricked, bullied, pressured or threatened until you say Yes
  • You are too scared to say No
  • You are drunk or high
  • You are asleep or unconscious
  • The other person is a family member — for example, father, mother, grandfather, cousin
  • The other person is a professional — for example, teacher, coach, doctor, interpreter, therapist — whose job it is to help you.

The law is clear: without consent (saying Yes or agreeing) to sexual contact, it is sexual assault.