Do you Get Consent?
Do you know how to give and get sexual consent? It may seem straightforward, but while almost all Canadians (96%) agree that sexual activity must be consensual, two-thirds (67%) do not fully understand how to properly give or get it.
What is sexual consent?
Sexual consent is a two-way exchange: it’s an ongoing process of giving and getting permission.
This means showing—in words and actions—that you freely agree to participate in a sexual activity.
This means continuing to give your permission throughout the sexual encounter. You can revoke your consent at any time.
A lack of understanding can be a contributing factor for unwanted sexual activity and assault.
- of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
- of Canadians incorrectly believe that consent is not required between spouses or long-term partners.
- of people between 18 and 34 incorrectly believe sending an explicit photo, text or email counts as consent.