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Our Guide To: Consent



You might have some questions about consent or want to learn more about what it means. This guide talks about consent and some resources to help you learn more if you wish. 


1800 RESPECT provides a very comprehensive guide to consent, and they say that: 


  • Giving your consent means to agree to touch or any sexual activity freely. 


  • Informed consent means there is no reason you can't consent and understand what you are giving consent for.


ReachOut also has a great read on 5 things you need to know about consent


I suggest giving it a read, but the main takeaways are: 


  • Sexual consent but be explicit - which means it must be a clear yes
  • You can always change your mind
  • It's good to check in with each other
  • It's fine to slow things down or stop
  • Drink and drugs affect consent


It's okay to feel like you need to chat more with someone about consent. There are lots of things to consider, and you might need clarity. For example, it might be helpful to chat with a cousin, auntie/uncle, friend or mentor - someone you feel comfortable speaking to about personal issues. It might also be beneficial to talk with a health professional. 


It can be challenging if you are reminded of experiences yourself or someone you care about has had when learning about consent. However, there are plenty of ways to get support if you need information or talk to someone.


ReachOut has content on this topic that you can watch, listen to or read. That includes personal stories, advice on what to do and how to support a friend. 


This is a helpful article on “What to do if you’ve realised a past experience was sexual assault” .


This is a national list of support to contact. In addition, there is a breakdown of services in your state and nationwide including: 


1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or start a chat here.


We hope this guide is helpful. If you have any questions or comments please share them in the comments!

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