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Consent is Mac is a program created by students for students, which articulates expectations about sexual violence prevention in the Macalester community. We encourage all students to understand and commit to their rights and responsibilities in their relationships by signing the “Consent Pledge” found below. Look for pledge signing opportunities around campus.
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I have the right to trust my own instincts and experiences.
I have the right to leave any situation without explaining myself.
If I do not want physical closeness, I have the right to say "NO" at any point in the interaction.
I have the right to feel safe.
I have the right to mutually consensual, pleasurable physical experiences.
I have the right to tell someone when I feel I have been mistreated.
I have the right change my mind whenever I want.
I have the right to tell my partner what I want physically and emotionally.
I have the right to be heard and respected.
I have the responsibility to accept "NO" for an answer.
I have the responsibility to communicate in advance or in the moment, what I want or do not want.
I have the responsibility to check my actions and decisions to make sure they are good for me and others.
I have the responsibility to educate myself about sex and intimacy.
I have the responsibility to know when I am too tired, drunk or otherwise incapable of making a responsible decision.
I have the responsibility to ask when I am unclear about the other person's needs and wants.
I have the responsibility to ensure all parties actively want each step of the interaction to occur.
I have the responsibility to communicate when I am uncomfortable.
I have the responsibility to ensure my partner is comfortable.
I have the responsibility of dealing with the repercussions of a sexual encounter no matter my relationship with the other person.
I have the responsibility to interfere when I think someone else is being mistreated, coerced or is unable to fend for themselves.