We-Consent™

The Yes App

How does the We-Consent™ App work?
      Each partner is prompted to state his or her name, the name of the other partner, and to state explicitly “yes” to sexual relations. If the second partner is feeling coerced, he or she can state “forced yes” and the app creates a record of the coercion. The We-Consent™ App records video and audio, which are encrypted, sent initially to cloud storage, and then stored off-line. The recordings are only available to law enforcement, university disciplinary proceedings, or by subpoena. They are NOT available to the users—which prevents misuse.

How much does the We-Consent™ App Cost?
      The We-Consent™ App is free—but is available only to members of ISCE.edu, which costs $5 per year. Group memberships are available at the reduced annual rate of $4 per student. Institutional memberships (e.g., everyone at a given .edu domain) is available at a negotiated rate.

Why is the focus on proof of consent?
      The We-Consent™ App makes use of its recording of proof as a trigger for discussion. By giving the two parties the option of making a permanent record of their consent, the mere existence of the app triggers questions about its use or potential use. These discussions inevitably evolve into a discussion of the intended upcoming sexual activity. More important than proof is the fact of both parties having direct and explicit discussions about what activities they both agree to engage in. Indeed, the conversation itself is the fundamental objective of the app. We believe that having the app on students’ phones encourages these very discussions. Proof is only needed if there is a complaint. If there is a complaint, having proof in the form of a video record can help remove ambiguity.

Does the We-Consent™ App check for drugs or alcohol?
      The We-Consent™ App records audio and video that will show the state of both parties, but it does NOT test the level of intoxication of either partner. Conceptually it may be possible for an intoxicated person to pretend to be sober for the sake of the video – but such a person is likely not so intoxicated as to be unable to provide meaningful consent. It should be noted that if intoxicated parties need multiple attempts to demonstrate that they are “sober,” each such attempt is recorded (though the recordings are not saved)—and, by definition, through the process of making multiple attempts, the parties will have the requisite discussion regarding their intentions.

How long does consent last?
      That is up to the two parties involved. The We-Consent™ App can only record consent at a given moment (which is timestamped and geo-coded)—it has no capability to interact again after it is run. Consent can, of course, be withdrawn at any time. If consent is withdrawn and the message is not getting through loud and clear, the We-Consent™ App Suite includes the What-About-No™ App to help deliver a firm “NO.”