Infographic: law and sexual assault

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What Canadian law says about sexual assault

  • Sexual assault is any unwanted touch of a sexual nature done intentionally or recklessly without consent.
  • Only yes equals consent. No means no and only a clear yes – by words or actions – means yes. For every sexual act.
  • Silence alone does not mean yes. The person who touches has to take reasonable steps to know the other person consents.
  • Sexual assault does not have to cause cuts or bruises.
  • Yes to sex while you are impaired is not consent.
  • Consent means you’re able to say no at any time. Consent because you’re afraid isn’t consent.
  • Being persuaded to say yes to a person with power or authority or in a role of trust is not consent.

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