Consent - Consent is based on choice. Consent is active not passive. Consent is possible only when there is equal power. Giving in because of fear is not consent. Going along with something because of fear is not consent. Going along with something because of wanting to fit in with the group, being deceived, or feeling bad is not consent. Being verbally, emotionally, psychologically, or physically pressured into any kind of sexual activity is not consent. If you cannot say "no" comfortably then "yes" has no meaning. If you are unwilling to accept a "no" then "yes" has no meaing.
There must always be active consent on both sides. Consent to one thing does not imply another. If limits are made clear and consent is not given, pressuring someone into changing their mind is not consent. → If you are unwilling to accept a "no", then "yes" has no meaning.
Many misconceptions about sexual assault exist that make it more difficult for someone to
- seek help when they or someone else has been assaulted
- understand that they have been assaulted and are not to blame (resulting in the high number of unreported rapes)
- confide in someone when they've been sexually assaulted (because they feel ashamed or are afraid of not being believed or understood)
- understand and believe another person who confides that they've been sexually assaulted (since many people have miscontrued ideas of what constitutes as sexual assault)
Therefore it is important for everyone to become better informed of the dangers and realities of sexual assault.
Not "understanding" sexual assault is no excuse for rape or other unwanted sexual advances! Sexual assault is wrong in any language and in any culture and will not be tolerated by Stanford University.