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Does “Enthusiastic” Consent Mean Yes?

What is “Enthusiastic” Consent?

Regarding sexual activity, “enthusiastic” consent means that there is a focus on a positive expression of consent through verbal and non-verbal cues. Giving cues alone does not necessarily equate to consent but instead are additional indications that may display permission.

Consent is about good communication and checking in with your partner to ensure you agree and are on the same page when engaging in sexual activity. Here’s what you need to know to stay protected.

Examples of Enthusiastic Consent

Enthusiastic consent may look like the following:

  • Asking your partner’s permission before changing the degree of sexual activity, as well as periodically checking in to confirm the changes are okay.
  • Confirming mutual interest before any physical touch.
  • Letting your partner know that you can stop at any time if they are uncomfortable.
  • Giving your partner positive feedback when comfortable with an activity.
  • Using affirmative statements by saying “yes” or other affirming words to specific activities.
  • Using physical cues such as smiling, making eye contact, nodding, and saying “yes” to the activity.

What Non-Consent Looks Like

It’s critical to understand that physiological responses, such as arousal, do not mean you consent to the activity. In some cases, perpetrators may use physiological responses to shame their victims into secrecy and continue the abuse. Know that physiological response does not mean consent and if you’ve been sexually abused or assaulted, know that it is not your fault.

Sexual Abuse Survivors Have The Right to Seek Justice

Survivors of sexual abuse often have life-long challenges to deal with. From depression and anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can be a long and emotionally painful road to recovery. Survivors are often blamed for their abuse, and many are afraid to speak out against their perpetrators out of fear. Know that you are not alone and we are here to be your advocate in bringing your abuser to justice. The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C. is ready to support you when going through a challenging time.

Contact us today at (800) 477-2989 to speak confidentially to one of our caring attorneys and learn your rights.