Fact: According to the Criminal Code of Canada, sexual assault is any sexual activity without consent, regardless of whether there are physical injuries or a weapon used.
Fact: Under the Canadian Federal Law, anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol cannot consent to sexual activities.
Fact: Entering into a relationship does not give anyone right or ownership of another person’s body.
Fact: Individuals who are impacted by sexual violence, cope and heal in different ways.
Fact: All people are vulnerable to sexual assault. Anybody of any age, sex, class, race, religion, sexual identity, occupation or physical appearance can be sexually assaulted.
Fact: If someone agrees to engage in one intimate act, that does not mean they agree to everything.
Fact: In Canada, 39% of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual assault after the age of 16.
Fact: Sex Workers have the right to give and withhold consent to any sexual activity, and therefore, can be subjected to sexual assault just like anyone else.
Fact: Whether or not someone has had multiple sexual partners, their rights to consent do not change.
Fact: The number of false reports for sexual assault is very low.
For more information, visit Statistics Canada.