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Name: Consent Traffic Light (From Go to Woe)


Overview:   The objective of this activity is to look at consent where it is clearly acknowledged verbally and non-verbally, where it needs to be reassured and where it is clearly not given. At the end of the activity, there should be a clear “yes means yes” and everything else is no.


What session topics is this activity appropriate for?   Healthy Relationships and Consent

How long does it go for?   15-30 minutes

Who is it for?   This activity is for a mature audience (16+)

How big a group is it suitable for?   This activity is suitable for any size classroom but generally not more than 25 people.

What do you need to run this activity?   Traffic Light Cards and consent cards

How to run the activity:

  1. Put up the Red, Yellow and Green lights on three separate sheets of butchers paper or on the white board close to each other
  2. Hand out the consent cards. If the group is small, the students may get more than one
  3. Ask the students to put up the cards either on the “red light” where this signifies no consent, “Yellow Light,” signifying consent needs to be reassured and asked for again and “Green Light” where consent is clearly given

Tips: When all the students have put up their cards, make sure they are in the right spot. Make sure the cards look like consent is on a spectrum and make sure they understand why consent should be reassured in some situations.

Questions to ask afterwards:

  1. Can you consent without saying “yes”
  2. Can you not consent without saying “no”?
  3. How do you ask for consent?
  4. How does alcohol and drugs affect our ability to consent?
  5. How should we respond to someone saying no?
  6. Can you say no after you have started something?
  7. Why is difficult to teach consent?
  8. What are the “gray” areas of consent?

Outcomes:   After this activity, the audience will be able to critically assess the importance of consent and really understand what it is to actually consent, both verbally and non-verbally. Congruently, people should be able to understand how alcohol and drugs affects the ability to consent and how to consent in sexual settings including condom negotiation.