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Consent is Sexy

What is consent?

  • Consent is a voluntary mutual agreement. It's informed, sober, honest, clear, and involves the word "yes" from each person involved. That means there's discussion and clear communication
  • Consent should be freely given: it should never be coerced, be forced, involve pressure, intimidation or threats
  • Consent should be mutually agreed upon: with a clear understanding of what is being asked for and consented to
  • Consent must never be assumed or implied, even if you're in a relationship. Just because you are in a relationship doesn't mean that you always have consent to have sex with your partner.
  • Consent may be withdrawn at any time, and when it is withdrawn all sexual activity must stop immediately
  • Consent can't legally be given by a person who is intoxicated. If you're too drunk to make decisions and communicate with your partner, you're too drunk to consent
  • Consent doesn't mean "no." And, the absence of a "no" doesn't mean "yes"

What is sexy?

  • Sexy is sex with consent
  • Sexy is talking about sex with your partner and setting your boundaries
  • Sexy is listening to and being listened to by your partner - because it shows caring and respect
  • Sexy is being open and honest
  • Sexy is respecting yourself and standing up for your beliefs and values
  • Sexy is about respecting your partner too
  • Sexy is knowing how to protect yourself and your partner against pregnancy and STIs.

Why is consent sexy?

  • Sex is sexiest when both partners want it - without feelings of pressure, intimidation or fear.
  • When your partner asks for consent it shows that he or she cares about you, respects you and your boundaries. Caring is sexy.
  • Giving Consent show you want your partner as much as they want you - and that's sexy.
  • Consent is talking about sex - real, confident, open communication. The practice of consent will naturally create a more caring, more responsive, respectful love life for you both. And that's sexy!

DU students think consent is sexy! Check out what they had to say in this consent is sexy video!

What does DU's Honor Code say about consent?

Effective consent is defined as informed, mutually understandable words and/or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in and/or allow a specific activity, freely and actively given by a person with the current mental capacity to make rational decisions. A person may be without such capacity due to the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. Consent is not effective if it results from the use of physical force, threats, intimidations, or coercion. A person always retains the right to revoke consent at any point during an activity.

What does the state of Colorado law say about consent?

Legal definition of consent (18-1-505)

Unless otherwise provided by this code or by the law defining the offense, assent does not constitute consent if:
(a) It is given by a person who is legally incompetent to authorize the conduct; or
(b) It is given by a person who, by reason of immaturity, mental disease or mental defect, or intoxication, is manifestly unable and is known or reasonably should be known by the defendant to be unable to make a reasonable judgment;
(c) It is given by a person whose consent is sought to be prevented by the law defining the offense; or
(d) It is induced by force, duress, or deception.