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Position Statement on Consent and Sexual Violence

Consent is more than saying “yes.” Consent is complex and nuanced. The verbal and nonverbal markers of consent are socially constructed under a premise of the fallacy of the false dichotomy “yes” and “no.” (Fahs & McLelland, 2016). University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center states “consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says "yes" to sexual activity with other persons. Consent is always freely given and all people in a sexual situation must feel that they are able to say "yes" or "no" or stop the sexual activity at any point.”

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