Consent is the voluntary and explicit agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity or behaviour. It requires that a person is able to freely choose between two options: yes and no.
In order for there to be consent there must be an understandable exchange of affirmative words which indicate willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
It is the responsibility of the person initiating a sexual activity to ensure there is a clear, affirmative response communicated at all stages of sexual engagement. A person can withdraw consent at any time during the course of a sexual encounter.
It is important to understand there are many circumstances when consent cannot exist.
Conestoga's Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Response Office provides help based on your individual needs. There is no timeframe for when an incident occurred for someone to access support, and you do not need to disclose what happened in order to get help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments and information.
If you are interested in discussing your reporting options please reach out to our office.