Whilst sexual consent is not really like a cup of tea this video created by the Crown Prosecution Service tries to explain how to understand sexual consent.
The video tries to help people understand sexual consent, thinking about it as if you were making them a cup of tea.
If you offer to make someone a cup of tea and they say yes- then it is ok to give them a cup of tea.
There are times when you may offer someone a cup of tea, they may be unsure so if you decide to make a cup of tea, they may not drink it. They may just leave it. If someone does not drink the tea, you cannot pressure people into drinking the tea.
If someone says they do not want tea, don’t make them tea and it is important not to get annoyed at people if they say no.
Sometimes, people say yes to tea and change their mind. Again, this is ok and you can’t be angry at people for changing their mind.
Lastly- if people are unconscious (e.g. may be drunk) you should never make them tea or force them to drink tea.
When thinking about consent it is also important to think about whether the person understands what they are agreeing to. For example; someone may be very drunk, say yes but would not be in a position to say yes. Age is also very important- the age of consent is 16.
Here is a link to a really handy booklet about consent: consentbooklet5LR1.pdf (pauseplaystop.org.uk) You can also find some useful information about consent on Pause, Play, Stop (pauseplaystop.org.uk). This can show you when you need to pause, when it is okay to press play and when you should stop.