As important as consent is, we don’t talk about it enough.So it’s understandable if you’re a little unsure about what it is – and what it isn’t.
Above all, everyone has a right to their own body and to feel comfortable with how they use it.
Consent cannot be assumed because of previous relationships or sexual activities, and the absence of "no" is not the same thing as consent. John was very drunk and engaged in sex with Jennifer despite her protests.
Below are some examples of situations that illustrate some of the gray areas of consent. John argues that even if he might have had nonconsensual sex with Jennifer, it's not his fault because of how drunk he was.
He believes he was so drunk he didn't even know he was having sex with her, let alone that it was something she did not want.
John has committed a violation of the Sexual Misconduct policy.
As a reminder, consent may never be given by minors (in Massachusetts, those not yet 16 years of age), mentally disabled persons, and those who are incapacitated as a result of alcohol or other drug consumption (voluntary or involuntary) or those who are unconscious, unaware, or otherwise physically helpless.