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When participants are asked about their consensual behaviors in sexual encounters, previous focus group research indicates that practices perceived to be appropriate to obtain and submit consent are circumstantial. In fact, data indicate that some people believe consent is not at all applicable in their personal encounters, such as long-term partnerships (Beres 2014). Thus, the level of comfort (or lack thereof) between sexual partners and the duration of sexual relationship has the potential to alter consensual practices. This poster analyzes trends in consensual behaviors as a result of comfort or discomfort with a partner and length of time sexually involved with that partner. Data is taken from a survey of undergraduate students at a mid-size northeastern university where participants were asked questions about their most recent hookup experiences. Results are analyzed across relationship history and trends in consensual practices.



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The More You Know: Relationship comfortability and applications of consent