Relationships & Consent

Our lives are built up of many different types of relationships. We have relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, and also intimate relationships. Healthy relationships have a direct impact on our well being. Strong, healthy relationships help us manage stress, problem solve and overcome life’s challenges. Unhealthy relationships can be difficult and stressful and may even put your safety in danger.

Healthy Relationships

Some signs of a healthy relationship include:

Unhealthy / Abusive Relationships

Some signs of an unhealthy / abusive relationship include:

If you are experiencing any signs of an unhealthy / abusive relationship listed above help is available.  See our Sexual Assault page for further information.

 

Consent

Consent is not spoken about enough. Many times people are unsure of what consent actually is. Consent is important no matter what type of relationship you are in. It can be an intimate relationship, a casual relationship or a one night stand. If one partner does not give consent it can lead to serious consequences.

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What is consent?

Consent is an active agreement between partners to participate in any type of sexual activity including kissing, touching, oral sex or sexual intercourse.

Anyone who is incapacitated by drugs and/or alcohol, unconscious, or asleep cannot give legal consent

Consent is an ongoing process and it is important to make sure your partner is comfortable and wanting to continue with sexual activity. Just because someone is consenting to kissing they are not consenting to sexual intercourse.

Consent is not only verbal so it is also important to watch for non-verbal cues. Non-verbal cues can include turning away, moving the other person’s hands, not participating in the activity or freezing up if they are feeling uncomfortable.

Always pay attention to your partner, make sure they are comfortable and that you are obtaining consent!

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Why is it important?

Obtaining consent shows that you have respect for your partner. Respect, communication, and honesty are all achieved when you obtain consent and they are the key fundamentals to better sex and healthy relationships. 

It is important that individuals involved in any type of sexual activity are comfortable. Unfortunately, consent is not always obtained. Any sexual activity that is forced or done without consent is not sex, it is sexual assault.

No one has the right to pressure or force you into any unwanted sexual activity. Under the Canadian Law you have the right to say no to any form of sexual activity no matter who it is with. If you say no and the other individual does not respect your decision, you can report this crime.

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What happens if there is sex without consent?

Sex without consent is sexual assault. Canada’s Criminal Code states that sexual assault is an offence and if proven guilty can lead to imprisonment.

 

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