April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Christy Beck, from Beck Psychotherapy in State College, discusses what qualifies and doesn’t qualify as consent, and what you can do to help a victim of sexual assault.


  • Clearly communicated voluntary agreement to sexual activity.
  • The absence of “no” is not consent.
  • Consent cannot be gained through threats, coercion, intimidation or force.
  • Someone who is intoxicated or unconscious cannot give consent.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent must be obtained on each occasion.

How to help:

  • Be supportive and non-judgmental
  • Do not blame the victim
  • Have them seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Respect their decision regarding reporting
  • Encourage them to seek counseling
  • Bystander Intervention

Consent information taken from Penn State University.

Beck Psychotherapy is located at 103 East Beaver Ave. Suite #2 in State College, and you can call them at (814) 409-7744. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.