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Here are some resources to help you understand and learn more about sexual violence and consent.

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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.

Additional Resources

Child Sexual Abuse


Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child by Laura Davis

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 20th Anniversary Edition by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. A workbook is also available.

Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse by Mike Lew

colouring books

We Believe You Colouring Book
You Are Not Alone: Pride Colouring Book

Orientation Checklist

Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education Orientation Checklist