Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the theme is “I Ask”.

Getting Consent

What is Consent?

The definition of consent is permission given for something to happen or an agreement to do something.

It is the first step that needs to happen before anything sexual occurs, including kissing or touching. Consent is an agreement that is verbal, conscious, and clear throughout the entire experience. No matter your relationship, no matter what has happened before, no matter the circumstances; without consent, it is sexual assault.

Consent also applies to how we interact with people digitally. Ask permission before you share photos of someone online. Never pressure, coerce or guilt someone into sending intimate photos, and don’t share these photos with someone they weren’t meant for.

Know Where Your Partner Stands.

  • Respect means understanding and appreciating one another’s point of view.
  • Get past awkward and get permission before becoming intimate.
  • If you are not ready to have this conversation you may not be ready for this level of intimacy. Talking to your significant other about sex is the best way to make sure that your intimacy is consensual and responsible.
  • NO means NO. When your partner says no to any sexual suggestion or advances, you should stop, right away.

When Can My Partner Give Consent?

  • In Alaska, we have laws that outline the age of consent. Inform yourself about sexual abuse of a minor laws in Alaska.
  • Drinking alcohol or using other substances impairs judgment and makes it difficult to consent.  It is best to make decisions regarding intimacy when neither partner is impaired.

Sexual Assault Awareness

This PSA was made with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to raise awareness about sexual assault in Alaska.

Want more information?

Visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) website to find more information and resources, including coloring pages, toolkits, shareable social media images, supplies, and much more!