Can you say no to sex once you've started?

When involved in sexual activities everyone needs to consent to what is happening. Giving consent means that everyone involved can clearly and freely agree to the sexual activities that are happening.

Consent cannot be given when someone is:

  • drunk or under the influence of drugs
  • asleep
  • unconscious
  • not mentally capable of understanding what is going on
  • feeling pressures, forced or threatened
  • under the age of 16 (in WA).

You always have a right to say no to sex, even if you have already started to have sex with someone.

Your partner should respect you and stop if you ask them to. If they don’t, then it is called sexual assault and is against the law

If you have been sexually assaulted, tell a parent, teacher, counsellor, school nurse or other trusted adult. You can also contact the Sexual Assault Resource Centre on (08) 9340 1828 or free call on 1800 199 888.

You always have a right to say no to sex, even if you've started

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