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Culture of Consent

Seeking out consent is a green flag.

Consent helps to build trust and creates healthy relationships and communities. Consent is when you enthusiastically (actively and excitedly) agree to something or give your permission for something to happen. This can only happen when everyone involved understands what’s going on.

Consent is an ongoing process, and you always have the right to change your mind.

The FRIES acronym can help us remember consent: 

  • Freely Given – A decision made without pressure or force.  
  • Reversible – Anyone can change their mind about what they want to do, at any time. 
  • Informed – Everyone is honest and understands the potential consequences.  
  • Enthusiastic – If someone isn’t into it, that’s not consent. 
  • Specific – Saying yes to one thing doesn’t mean saying yes to other things. 

What are some things you are giving your enthusiastic consent to in your life? 

Trying to figure out what consent looks like in your relationships?


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