Any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent. This includes, but is not limited to:
Consent is a voluntary, conscious, active and ongoing agreement to participate in sexual activity. In other words, it's a freely given, enthusiastic, clearly communicated “yes.”
Just because consent was given in the past does not mean that it automatically exists for future sexual activity. Each person has to give consent every time, whether in a one-time encounter or a long-term relationship.
According to the Canadian Criminal Code, there is no consent if:
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Community Based Services at Summit Community Services Society
Phone: 250-489-3114 x241
Crisis Line: 1-888-353-CARE (2273)
Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Counselling Services
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Reporting Options (Survivor's decision):
When someone tells you they’ve been sexually assaulted or abused, it can be a lot to handle. A supportive reaction can make all the difference, but that doesn’t mean it comes easy. Encouraging words and phrases avoid judgement and show support for the survivor.
Consider these phrases:
There’s no timetable when it comes to recovering from sexual violence. If someone trusted you enough to disclose the event, consider the following ways to show your continued support: