Uni can be a great place to meet people – including people you want to hook up with! Whether you’re dating or meeting up with people for casual sex, it’s important that you understand consent.
Consent is when someone agrees to do something sexual with you, such as touching, kissing or having sex. Before beginning any contact with anybody, you need to be totally clear that everyone involved wants to do it.
How do you know if someone wants to do something sexual with you? You ask! Consent doesn’t have to be awkward or hard – in fact, asking first shows respect and allows everybody to feel empowered.
Find ways to ask for consent that feel good to you. Some popular examples include:
Consent must be a continuous process of checking, asking, reading body signals and paying attention to others. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Even if you say yes to something, you can still say no minutes later. You can change your mind and anyone can stop at any time. And just because someone slept with you in the past, doesn’t mean you have their consent for future sex.
Consent must be specific. A ‘yes’ to kissing is not also a ‘yes’ to touching. Consenting to oral sex is not consenting to penetrative sex. You can say yes to some kinds of touching/sex acts and not others.
A ‘maybe is not a yes’. Feeling confused or coerced, being silent, turning a head away, lying completely still, or being threatened or intoxicated means consent is NOT being given. And in NSW, someone who is under 16 years old is legally incapable of giving consent. While consent is not always spoken, it is very important to never assume it is being given. Stop and check in, read body signals, and slow down.
Dating apps and sites can be a fun way to meet people and allow you to search for potential dates and hook-ups, or screen out people you aren’t interested in.
If you’re going to meet up with someone for sex for the first time here are a few safety tips:
And remember to always practice consent!
In Australia, some people date more than one person at the same time. If you’re dating or sleeping with someone, make sure to discuss whether your relationship is exclusive (your partner is only dating you) or not.
University Health Service:
(02) 9351 3484
SUPRA Queer Officer:
SUPRA International Officer:
SUPRA Women’s Officer:
Royal Prince Alfred Sexual Assault Service:
(02) 9515 9040 (24 hours)
NSW Rape Crisis Centre:
1800 424 017 (24 hours)
This information is current as at December 2019 and where it includes legal information is intended as a guide to the law as it applies to people who live in or are affected by the law as it applies in NSW. It does not constitute legal advice.