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Consent occurs when one person voluntarily agrees to the proposal or desires of another. It is a term of common speech, with specific definitions as used in such fields as the law, medicine, research, and sexual relationships.

The person agreeing must meet certain criteria:

  • He or she must have a certain age. In the case of consenting to a sexual relationship this age is known as the age of consent.
  • He or she must be able to clearly see the consequences of consenting. People with certain mental illnesses cannot consent, even though they may be adults.
  • He or she must be awake. People who are unconscious, or sleeping cannot consent.This may also be true for people who are under the influence of certain drugs.

Types of Consent[change | change source]

There are several types of consent commonly used in a variety of different situations. The types of consent, and how to use them, may be very important.

Sexual Consent[change | change source]

Sexual consent is the agreement to have sex/a sexual relationship. A lack of consent in this situation, mainly a lack of consent before sex, is often referred to as rape (A highly illegal activity).