In 2015, the Crown Prosecution Service launched a social media campaign to get people talking about consent to sex within the context of sexual assault and rape.

This is in partnership with Rape Crisis, End Violence against Women Coalition, Survivors Manchester, White Ribbon Campaign and the National Union of Students.

There is confusion about consent, but there shouldn't be - so we're encouraging people to talk about the issue and understand it, by using the hashtag #ConsentIs... on Twitter and Instagram.

Our role as the Crown Prosecution Service is to consider whether cases reach the required threshold for prosecution, and to prosecute them if so. It is important that the public understands the principles on how and why we prosecute or not.

We want more people to recognise that consent is a concept that is easy to understand, particularly as it is something that rape cases can hinge on in court, and is a key consideration when deciding whether to bring charges.

#ConsentIs infographic

Watch the first of our #ConsentIs videos: 'Let's talk about what #ConsentIs':

Watch the second of our #ConsentIs videos: 'Myths and stereotypes about what #ConsentIs':

Join the discussion #ConsentIs:

Watch the Tea Consent video

More about the work of our partner organisations

National Union of Students - Confederation of almost 600 students' unions representing the interests of more than 7 million students. http://www.nus.org.uk

Rape Crisis - Umbrella body for 46 member Rape Crisis organisations, providing services in 57 locations across England and Wales. Aimed at supporting female victims of sexual violence. http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Survivors Manchester - Provides support for male victims of sexual violence, part of the umbrella organisation Survivors Trust. http://www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk

End Violence Against Women Coalition - Coalition of individuals and organisations calling on the Government and other public bodies to take concerted action to end violence against women. http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

White Ribbon Campaign - Campaign run by men urging men to take a stand against violence against women. www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/

For more information from the CPS, you can download and read our leaflet on Consent.

logos of CPS partner organisations in #ConsentIs

Further reading