A new app called Yes to Sex aims to secure that both parties have agreed to have sex, agreed on contraception and even decided on a safe word.
In just 25 seconds, the app will record verbal consent, including safe words and the decision of whether or not protection will be used.
Its creators claim that Yes to Sex app is ‘the only safe sexual consent app,’ but critics in the past have argued that sex contracts like this are a dangerous distraction from actual consent education, Daily Mail reports.
The free app is available at the App Store and Google Play, and according to the website, it is built for anyone who is having sex, whether it be a hook-up session or an attempt to conceive.
This free app does not require its users to enter their personal information, such as names, photos, emails, or phone numbers.
Instead, the app records verbal consent statements from both individuals, and stores these on servers ‘using the same methods as the US Department of Defense.’
These are stored for one year, along with the date, time, and place of the sexual encounter.
But, why someone should use the Yes to Sex app? As its creators say, “Your futures matter! Get verbal validation of consents, as non-consensual sex is an act of violence. Decide together on protection to use because ” More than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide and about 51% of pregnancies are unintended.
‘If consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, or your partner says the safe words, sexual activity must stop,’ the app reminds.
Yes to Sex aims to help sexually active people make better decisions, the website explains, and says it causes people to stop and think in the moments before sex.