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Workshops & Education


Consent Comes First works with campus partners to provide the Ryerson community with education, prevention, training and awareness activities. To book a workshop fill out the Google form, external link, opens in new window or email, opens in new window

This workshop is designed to help Ryerson community members become knowledgeable on how to build consent culture on campus, including; Ryerson’s commitment to supporting those affected bys sexual violence as outlined in the policy; consent as an everyday practice, sexual violence and impacts of trauma; sexual harassment in the workplace; how to deal with disclosures and make referrals to supports on and off campus.

Begin by listening, respect confidentiality, ask what they need, validate and empathize are the first steps to dealing with disclosures of sexual violence. In this training, participants will learn the difference between disclosure and reporting and how to support someone affected by sexual violence. In addition participants will learn how to refer them to supports on and off campus and how to practice self-care after trauma exposure.

We all have a role to play in preventing sexual violence and harassment here at Ryerson University. In this training, participants will learn to intervene when they witness sexual violence or harassment; ABCs of bystander intervention and how to connect those affected by sexual violence on or off campus resources or off-campus resources.

Consent Comes First

In Canada, the law very clearly states that there has to be an affirmative “yes” - or voluntary agreement - to engage in sexual activity. Sexual assault occurs when consent is absent and it is a criminal offence. This means that consent must be an active process, without the influence of coercion. One should never assume consent.
  • Consent is active and continuous, not passive or silent.
  • It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in physical contact or sexual activity to make sure that they have consent from the other person(s) involved.
  • Consent is not the absence of “no” or silence.
  • Consent to one sexual act does not constitute or imply consent to a different sexual act.
  • Consent is required regardless of the parties’ relationship status or sexual history together.
  • Consent cannot be given by a person who is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs or who is unconscious (including being asleep) or otherwise lacks the capacity to give consent.
  • Consent is not possible if an individual uses their position of power or authority to manipulate someone into saying  “yes.”
  • If a survivor’s judgement is impaired, consent is not valid.
Consent Comes First Everywhere Infographic. Long Description below.