Understanding Consent

Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. When you’re engaging in sexual activity, consent is about communication—and it should happen every time. The laws about consent vary by state and situation, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life. 

What Consent Looks Like

The laws vary by state and situation, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life.  

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Legal Role of Consent

The legal definitions for terms like rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse vary from state to state. Consent often plays an important role in determining whether an act is legally considered a crime.

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Find Your State's Consent Laws

There are a number of factors that determine if a person legally consents, from their age to whether they're incapacitated. The laws about consent vary from state to state. What are the laws about consent where you live?

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