Consent is a clear "yes" to sexual activity. Not saying "no" does NOT mean you have given consent.
Your consent means:
Sometimes you cannot give legal consent to sexual activity or contact. For example, if you are:
What consent really means is a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. In other words, it means communicating yes on your own terms.
Tea and Consent
Sex without consent is sexual assault – it’s as simple as tea. The “Tea and Consent,” video is a PSA by the Thames Valley Police explaining what consent looks like using a metaphor that is so simple yet effective!
If you’re still struggling to understand the meaning of consent, just imagine instead of initiating sex, you’re making them a cup of tea. You say, “Hey, would you like a cup of tea?” and they go, “OMG, yes, I would LOVE a cup of tea! Thank you!” Then you know they want a cup of tea.
Even Canadian law has an affirmative standard for consent. This means a voluntary, enthusiastic “yes-I-really-want-to-and-thank-you-for-asking” type of consent – not a consent that’s implied on the basis of silence, previous sexual history, or what the person is wearing.
Information adopted from ConsentED