Guys and girls can experience sexual assault
2/3 of vicitms are under the age of 18 years old
CALACS offer services to people who are 14 years of age and older
Consent is an obligation! Without a yes, it’s a no!
Agreeing to participate in sexual activity
Saying yes, freely, without feeling pressure, fear or guilt. Saying yes without having been threatened or feeling obligated to participate
Saying yes without being under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other substances that alter your judgement
Every person must take every reasonable measure to obtain consent before and during a sexual activity
You have the right to say no at any time. You have the right to change your mind and say no even if you said yes earlier
In Canada, the legal age to consent to sexual activity is 16, but there are exceptions for young people who have sex with each other.
If the youngest partner is 12 or 13 years old, there can be no more than two years difference between partners.
If the youngest partner is 14 or 15 years old, there can be no more than five years difference between partners.
Remember that the older partner should not be in a position of authority, trust, or exploitation towards the youngest and the youngest should not be dependent on the older one. This is applicable until the age of majority.
Most of the time, the perpetrator is someone that the victim knows and trusts
Sexual assault can be committed by a family member, a friend, an acquaintance and even a partner. A person who is in a position of authority such as a sports coach, a teacher, a babysitter, etc. can also commit sexual assault.
Myth: I must hate my abuser.
False: It is possible that you do not hate your abuser or that you are confused about how you feel about them. It this is the case, it is normal. This often happens especially when the abuser is a member of your family, a friend or even a person for whom you had romantic feelings.
Myth: If a boy is sexually assaulted by a man, this means that they will be gay.
False: Many boys and young men who are sexually assault believe that they have something inside of them that attracts men, that they must be homosexual or feminine. Sexual orientation is not determined by sexual abuse. This is true for boys and girls, young men and young women.