What is consent?

Consent is...

...an explicit agreement to participate in a specific sexual act.

...able to be withdrawn.


...given by an outfit.

...refusing to acknowledge no.


...given under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

...pressuring, guilting, or intimidating people into sexual activities or agreeing to them.

...assuming you have permission to engage in a sexual act because you've done it before. 

We suggest you watch the video below, although sexual assault is much more nuanced than simply being forced to drink a cup of tea. 

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault refers to any sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. 

Forms of sexual assault include...

...rape. Rape is defined by the FBI as "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim."

...attempted rape.

...fondling or unwanted sexual touching.

...coercion (physical, psychological, emotional, etc.) of the victim to perform sexual acts.

*These are not the only forms of sexual assault.*

If you are a survivor of sexual assault or are unsure if you have been sexually assaulted, UMich Sex Talk urges you to reach out to us and these resources.


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