The issue of sexual consent has been in the news a lot this past week, and given some of the responses to the discussion, it’s clear that our young people need to be educated in the basics of this essential concept.


One organisation that has managed to capture the basic principles of sexual consent in the simplest of terms is the Thames Valley Police in the UK.


In the following video, which has been doing the rounds over the past few days across social media, the concept of sexual consent is explained using the basic, everyday analogy of making someone a cup of tea.



Using animation by Emmeline May, the video talks you through the various situations that can arise relating to consent – from the basics of the difference between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, to when a person changes their mind or is not in a fit condition to give their consent.


“If you’re still struggling with consent, just imagine instead of initiating sex you’re making them a cup of tea. You say, ‘Hey, would you like a cup of tea?’ And they say, ‘Oh my God, I would love a cup of tea, thank you!’ Then you know they want a cup of tea,” the voiceover explains.


As simple as this video is, it is really powerful and should be required viewing for everyone – especially our teens and young people. Be sure to show them this video today.


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