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Today is RAINN Day!

RAINN Day is an annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. It is a grassroots program designed to empower college students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on their campus.

RAINN Day is held the third Thursday of September (this year on Thursday, September 15). However, some schools extend RAINN Day events to last a week, or even a month.

The laws about consent vary by state and situation. It can make the topic confusing, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life.

Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. There are many ways to give consent, and some of those are discussed below.

Consent doesn’t have to be verbal, but verbally agreeing to different sexual activities can help both you and your partner respect each other’s boundaries.

When you’re engaging in sexual activity, consent is about communication. And it should happen every time. Giving consent for one activity, one time, does not mean giving consent for increased or recurring sexual contact. For example, agreeing to kiss someone doesn’t give that person permission to remove your clothes. Having sex with someone in the past doesn’t give that person permission to have sex with you again in the future.

You can change your mind at any time. You can withdraw consent at any point if you feel uncomfortable. It’s important to clearly communicate to your partner that you are no longer comfortable with an activity and wish to stop. The best way to ensure both parties are comfortable with any sexual activity is to talk about it.

(Content: RAINN.org. Image: projectconsent.com.)

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