Yes. Consider bidirectional communication on two wires connected to two communication devices.
Each device transmits and receives through filters that process the meaning of the what its intending to send and also what it thinks it’s receiving.
Consent is clear communication. It goes bidirectionally through the filters where both communication devices are in agreement.
But without consent, there is still *some* kind of communication happening but there is not agreement. It is difficult to know if the filters are sending or receiving the proper messages.
If both communication devices are also assigned to perform a task together, by not having consent, the task can go awry, possibly leading to the destruction of one or both devices, whether or not that was the intent.
So: consent shows clear intent has been received properly.