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Outrage as flyers handed out at Aberdeen University say ‘smiling and laughing' are ‘possible signs of consent'

Posted On: 21 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

A student group has come under fire after issuing leaflets advising that smiling and laughter could be taken as “possible signs of consent”.
The Aberdeen Consent Awareness and Sexual Education group has been established to “create a culture of consent” at Aberdeen University.
But the society has now been forced to recall flyers designed to educate young people about how to behave responsibly.
The pamphlets advised that “laughter”, “smiling” and “direct eye contact” were all “possible signs of consent”.
Aberdeen University students took to social media to raise concerns about the message being sent out.
One woman said: “If it's not verbal, then it's not consent.”
Another Twitter user added: “Can't believe they have actually said laughing is consent.”
And another said: “It is news to me that laughter would be considered a sign of consent. People often laugh in awkward or uncomfortable situations.”
The leaflet also lists “active” or “open” body language as “possible examples of non-verbal consent”, along with...

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