A person consents to sexual activity if they agree by choice and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice.  Sexual consent in Scotland is known as 'free agreement' under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.   

  • In order to give consent, a person must be able to make their own decisions
  • Someone who is incapacitated through alcohol or drugs, or is unconcious or asleep, cannot give consent to sexual activity
  • Agreeing to engage in one form of sexual acitivity does not mean that a person has given consent to all forms e.g. Kissing
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time
  • If a person has consented to sexual activity previously, it does not mean that they consent to do it again in the future
  • It is important to make sure that you get consent before engaging in any sexual activity with another person
  • Engaging in sexual activity without consent is rape or sexual assault
  • A person who is forced to do something against their will is not giving consent