Sexual Assault is defined as ANY unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another without consent. This includes, among others, being kissed, fondled or forced to have sexual intercourse against your will.
Sexual assault can occur on a date, within a relationship or marriage, or by a stranger, regardless of sexual orientation. It is a crime of violence, power and control.
What is Consent?
Consent means agreeing to a sexual activity with another person. It is a voluntary act and in Canada, a person must be 16 years of age or older to consent to sexual activities. Even if you consent to sexual activities, you can always change your mind if and when you start to feel uncomfortable (you get to decide when you want to stop). Without consent, it is Sexual Assault!
Examples of No Consent:
- You are too scared to say No.
- You are tricked, bullied or threatened until you say Yes.
- You are high or drunk.
- The other person is a family member (i.e. father, aunt, grandparent, cousin, brother, etc.).
- The other person is a professional or holds a position of authority (i.e. teacher, doctor, soccer coach, lifeguard, interpreter, etc.).
- Silence IS NOT a Yes.
No means NO!