When it comes to sexual contact, communication is key to making sure that both partners are comfortable with what is going on and that no one feels pressured. Consent needs to be addressed at every stage of the encounter. Verbal and physical cues and ways to express that one partner or the other wants to slow down or stop are important.
The University of New Mexico established “SMART,” or Sexual Misconduct and Assault Response Team, as front line campus responders for a range of sex crimes. The team is an evolution of SART, which responded exclusively to sexual assaults.