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LET'S GET CONSENSUAL!

The Student Associations are promoting awareness and dialogue on campus about the issue of consent, as well as Okanagan College’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy, and supports available to survivors. Check out some of the consent videos and information on this page.

CONSENT

Is an affirmative, enthusiastic YES, it is ongoing and freely given!

  • Sexual Violence is any unwanted sexual contact.
  • It can happen within or outside a relationship.
  • Sexual violence affects people of all ages, genders and sexualities 
Consent is an agreement that 2 people must make if they want to engage in sexual activity. Consent means that you willingly give permission, through your words, for something to happen. Your consent to the sexual activity must be freely given. You must be able to freely choose between two options: YES and NO.

You did not consent if you were afraid to fight back or if you were frozen with fear. You did not necessarily consent to sexual intercourse with someone because you held hands, kissed, or fondled each other. This means that consent to one sexual act does not constitute or imply consent to a different sexual act.

It is imperative that everyone understands the following:

  • Silence or non-communication must never be interpreted as consent and a person in a state of diminished judgment cannot consent; 
  • A person is incapable of giving consent if they are asleep, unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate; 
  • A person who has been threatened or coerced (i.e. is not agreeing voluntarily) into engaging in sexual activity is not consenting to it; 
  • A person who is drugged is unable to consent; 
  • A person is usually unable to give consent when under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs; 
  • A person may be unable to give consent if they have a mental disability preventing them from fully understanding the sexual acts; 
  • The fact that consent was given in the past to a sexual or dating relationship does not mean that consent is deemed to exist for all future sexual activity; 
  • A person can withdraw consent at any time during the course of a sexual encounter; 
  • A person is incapable of giving consent to a person in a position of trust, power or authority, such as, a faculty member initiating a relationship with a student who they teach or an administrator in a relationship with anyone who reports to that position; and 
  • Consent cannot be given on behalf of another person.

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