Under the Criminal Code of Canada (Section 273.1) consent is the voluntary agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question. There must be an understandable exchange of affirmative words that indicates a willingness to pariticipate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
Consent is mandatory, ongoing and can be revoked at any time. Consent must be mutual and clearly communicated. Our Always Ask campaign promotes a culture of consent by reminding you to Always Ask: ask yourself, ask others, ask us.
Ask yourself - do I have the consent of everyone in the room to tell that joke?
Ask others - do I have your consent to post on your timeline?
Ask us - when in doubt, call the office and we can offer guidance in understanding consent.
Consent is never assumed, for example if someone consents to leaving a party with you, you cannot assume that this means they have consented to you kissing or touching them. As well, if someone consents to kissing you at one time, you cannot assume that it is always okay. Consent must be monitored and reconfirmed.
Consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs, or who is unconscious, passed out or asleep.
Consent must be voluntary. It cannot be obtained through threats, coercion, pressure, or by the abuse of a position of power or authority.
We ask for consent in our daily lives such as 'can I use your pen?' and 'is this seat taken?' When it comes to physical contact including sex we must also always be clear and respectful. Always Ask! Ask yourself. Ask others. Ask us.
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