Sexual violence can happen to anyone. Sexual abuse and assault is
never the victim's fault.
Sexual abuse and assault is
always the assailant’s fault.
You have the right to decide to have sex or not. And you can change your mind at any time, even if it’s after you have started to have sex.
Part of being in a healthy relationship means that you and your partner talk about how intimate you want to be and don’t feel pressure to do something you don’t want to do.
Any sexual contact without consent is sexual assault. Consent means both people give and get permission to take part in sexual activity.
There are many myths about sexual violence. We can create a healthy culture by talking about sex and speaking up against rape jokes or people shown as a sex objects in the media.
If you have been affected by sexual violence, you may worry about your safety. We can all take steps to help keep ourselves and each other safe.
Learn about sexual health and your rights at
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights or call 1-888-642-2725.
Visit Teaching Sexual Health for information about teaching children about consent.
Current as of: April 4, 2018
Author: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, AHS
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