Consent in relationship to sexual activity is defined in Pennsylvania in accordance with its plain and common meaning. With respect to sexual activity, consent means words or actions that show a knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in mutually agreed sexual activity. Mere assent (an affirmative statement or action) does not constitute consent if it is given by a person who is unable to make a reasonable judgment concerning the nature or harmfulness of the activity because of his or her incapacitating intoxication, unconsciousness, youth, mental deficiency or incapacity, or if the assent is the product of threat or coercion.
For more information, including the importance of consent and how to ask for consent, visit the Wellness Resource Center website. The website also includes information on bystander intervention, resources and support.