Rethinking the concept of consent for anti-sexual violence activism and education
Sexual violence prevention has shifted from centering around a message of ‘no means no’ toward a message of ‘get consent.’ This paper explores how young adults conceptualise consent in relation to how they talked about expressing a willingness to participate in sex. The analysis here argues that understandings of consent are disconnected from how young people understand communication about sex. Consent is viewed as a formal minimum requirement for ‘ok’ sex. At the same time, young people were more sophisticated when discussing how they understand and communicate a willingness to have sex. Implications for sexual violence prevention education and research on sexual consent are discussed.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Rights Statement: Copyright © 2014, © SAGE Publications
Keywords: rape; rape prevention; rape education; ethical erotics
Research Type: Journal Article
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