Frequently Asked Questions
Under the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, consent is informed: Consent is an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
Consent is voluntary. It must be given without coercion, force, threats, or intimidation.
Consent is revocable. Consent to sexual activity on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately.
Consent CANNOT be given when a person is incapacitated. A person cannot consent if they are unconscious or coming in and out of consciousness. A person cannot consent if their understanding of the act is affected by a physical or mental impairment. A person cannot consent if they are under the threat of violence, bodily injury or other forms of coercion.
Consent is a verbal “YES” to the sexual activity by all participating persons. According to the California law, an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by all participants to engage in a sexual activity must be made in order for the sexual activity to be considered legally consensual (Refer to: Senate Bill 967).
Consent is NOT the absence of a “no” or silence. Remember, “YES” to one form of sexual activity is not consent to all forms. Before continuing to any following sexual activity, all participants must consent by saying “YES.”
How to ask for consent
“Do you like this?”
“Can I take this off?”
“Are you comfortable with this?”
“Are you as into this as I am?”
“How much have you had to drink?”
“Do you want to hook up, or go back to hang with our friends?”
“How do you feel about (insert activity)?”
“Can I make this better for you in any way?”
“Do you want me to touch you here?”
“Should I keep going?”
Myths & Truths
TRUTH: About 85-90% of college women reported knowing the offender prior to the assault . Sexual assault can be committed within any type of relationship, including in marriage, in dating relationships, or by friends, acquaintances or co-workers. Sexual assault can occur in heterosexual or same-gender relationships. It does not matter whether there is a current or past relationship between the victim and offender; unwanted sexual activity is still sexual assault and is a serious crime.
 National Institute of Justice. 2018. “Sexual Assault on Campus: Most Victims Know Their Attacker.”
 RAINN. n.d. “Campus Sexual Violence: Statistics.”
 Kennedy, Merrit. 2016. “California Eliminates Statute Of Limitations On Rape Cases.” NPR.
 Rennison, Callie Marie. 2000. “Criminal Victimization 1999: Changes 1998-99 with Trends 1993-99.” U.S. Department of Justice.
 California Senate Bill No. 967: Chapter 748.
 Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2001. “Differences in Rates of Violent Crime Experienced by Whites and Blacks Narrow.”
 Greenfeld, Lawrence A. and Steven K. Smith. 1999. “American Indians and Crime.” U.S. Department of Justice.