Sexuality and love can be different things.
What is Consent?
Consent is a voluntary, unambiguous, verbal agreement to engage in sexual activity. Specifically, It is you asking your partner if they want to have sex, and your partner responding with “yes.” Sex without consent is sexual assault.
It is the prelude to pleasure and the ultimate respect. Don’t assume it or imply it. Say it –every time!
Can a person who is intoxicated give consent?
No, but we understand this is confusing. Try this on: If you wouldn’t let your friend drive a car because they have had too much to drink, then your friend is too intoxicated to give consent. Be a Hoosier and help your friend avoid this situation.
Can I get in trouble if I hooked up with someone who was drunk?
Hooking up with someone who is too intoxicated to give consent is putting yourself at risk of being charged with sexual assault both on campus and in Monroe County. The Office of Student Ethics and the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office respond to situations and have different levels of accountability based on univeristy policies and state laws. Visit their respective websites or contact their offices to learn more.
The consequences are extreme; don’t take the chance.
What We Know
While there is nothing casual about sex, “casual sex,” or sex outside a committed relationship, is not uncommon, and it is nothing to be ashamed of.
Some students use different types of sexual encounters as a way to explore their sexuality.
What Can We Do?
When engaging in sexual activity
- Get and give verbal consent. Silence or someone saying “no” at any point is not consent. Continue to ask for consent when hooking up.
- Use condoms. Condoms protect against STI’s and unwanted pregnancies. Don’t get burned by sex.
- Know your status. Get tested for STI’s and HIV and encourage your partner to do the same. Don’t be afraid to have an open conversation and talk about it.
- If you test positive for an STI, tell your partners.
If you have a friend who is struggling with negative consequences of sex, never
- Blame or shame them
- Share their personal information with others.
- Treat them differently
Be a Hoosier. Talk to your friend. See you if can help or encourage your friend to see a counselor.