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Consent and free agreement to sex

Helping young people understand consent and free agreement

Sexual assault is the umbrella term for a wide range of harmful and criminal behaviours, including:

  • rape
  • sexual harassment
  • indecent assault
  • child sexual assault
  • exposing of genitals such as ‘flashing’
  • stalking
  • watching someone without their permission when they are naked or engaged in sexual activities
  • forcing or coercing someone to watch or participate in pornography
  • posting sexual images of someone on the Internet without their consent
  • stealthing

Remember:

  • Consent means free and voluntary agreement- it’s a shared understanding between both people
  • Checking for consent is always your responsibility
  • Anyone can take back consent at any time – no matter how far they’ve gone
  • Sexual perpetration without consent is rape – it’s a serious crime
  • Sexual assault covers other sexual acts without consent – it’s a serious crime
  • A person cannot consent to sex if they’re outside the age of consent, asleep, unconscious or so affected by drugs or alcohol they have no way of freely agreeing
  • The essentials for healthy relationships are consent, respect and communication.

Further Information

Tea and Consent clip

Why Young People Really, really Need To Think About Consent At Schoolies

The Line – Our Watch

Legal Aid Victoria Sex and Consent Wallet Card

Legal Aid Victoria Age of Consent Wallet Card

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