Sexual consent is defined within Irish law but for a real feel for what sexual consent is, have a look at this video (copyright 2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios)
Sexual consent in defined in Irish law and to summarise, a person consents to a sexual act if he or she freely and voluntarily agrees to engage in that act.
A person does not consent to a sexual act if he or she:
There may be other circumstances where a person does not consent.
The issue of consent is fundamental to understanding sexual violence. Although it is indisputable that sex without consent is rape, the concept of consent is often contested, both in courtrooms and in the discourse about sexual violence.
Recent research for this campaign shows there is some confusion about what constitutes consent in particular situations.
Much has been written about how we understand, or should understand consent and a list of such resources can be found below.