Consent is active and continuous, not passive or silent.
It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in physical contact or sexual activity to make sure that they have consent from the other person(s) involved.
Consent is not the absence of “no” or silence.
Consent to one sexual act does not constitute or imply consent to a different sexual act.
Consent is required regardless of the parties’ relationship status or sexual history together.
Consent cannot be given by a person who is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs or who is unconscious (including being asleep) or otherwise lacks the capacity to give consent.
Consent is not possible if an individual uses their position of power or authority to manipulate someone into saying “yes.”
If a survivor’s judgement is impaired, consent is not valid.
Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination based on sex. When someone is sexually harassed in the workplace, it can undermine their sense of personal dignity. It can prevent them from earning a living, doing their job effectively, or reaching their full potential. Sexual harassment can also poison the environment for everyone else. If left unchecked, sexual harassment in the workplace has the potential to escalate to violent behaviour.
Employers that do not take steps to prevent sexual harassment can face major costs in decreased productivity, low morale, increased absenteeism and health care costs, and potential legal expenses. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, sexual harassment is “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome.”
North American Resources
This site offers a wide variety of information relating to sexual violence including a large legal resource library.
Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States as the recognized leader in this noble cause.
VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosts a resource library home of thousands of materials on violence against women and related issues, with particular attention to its intersections with various forms of oppression.
National Sex Offender Public Website: NSOPW is the only U.S. government Website that links public state, territorial, and tribal sex offender registries from one national search site.
The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. They are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.
Created by Stop Street Harassment, Defend Yourself, and operated by RAINN, the National Street Harassment Hotline is a resource for those affected by gender-based street harassment. Support is available in English and Spanish: call 855.897.5910 or chat online. (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse
They can provide local referrals for services. A centralized call center provides the caller with the option of talking to a counselor. They are also connected to a language line that can provide service in over 140 languages. Hotline: 800.4.A.CHILD (422.2253) (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
They provide crisis intervention and referral services to children or people affected by sexual abuse of children. Hotline calls are automatically routed to a local center. Helpline: 866.FOR.LIGHT (367.5444) (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
This Tipline is operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Can be used to communicate information to the authorities about child pornography or child sex trafficking. Hotline: 800.THE.LOST (843.5678) (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
This organization represents the national network of Child Advocacy Centers (CAC). CACs are a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, mental and physical health practitioners who investigate instances of child physical and sexual abuse. Their website explains the process and has a directory according to geographic location.
Provides information to victims and parents/relatives/friends of child sexual abuse. The site also has resources for offender treatment as well as information on recognizing the signs of child sexual abuse. Hotline: 888-PREVENT (773.8368) (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
Provides a full range of advocacy services for abused and neglected children.
Domestic, Dating and Intimate Partner Violence
Through this hotline an advocate can provide local direct service resources (safehouse shelters, transportation, casework assistance) and crisis intervention. Interpreter services available in 170 languages. They also partner with the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Center to provide a videophone option. Hotline: 800.799.SAFE (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
This online helpline assists teens who are, or may be, in abusive relationships.
The center serves abused Americans, mostly women and children, in both civilian and military populations overseas. In addition to providing domestic violence advocacy, safety planning and case management, the center assists victims with relocation, emergency funds for housing and childcare, and funds for payment of legal fees.
The national coalition of Domestic Violence organizations is dedicated to empowering victims and changing society to a zero tolerance policy.
Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres - CASAC >
The Canadian Women’s foundation summarized key research on Canadian law and sexual violence in an accessible way for Canadians.
The Stalking Resource Center is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Their website provides statistics on stalking, information on safety planning and other resources.
Sexual Assault & the Brain
The "Sexual Assault & the Brain" section of Dr. Jim Hopper's website has writings in which he explains why many sexual assault victims don't fight or yell and why their memories can be fragmentary and confusing, as well as videos including an in-depth and engaging YouTube video, Sexual Assault: Brain, Behavior, and Memory.
A government website dedicated to educating students and schools about Title IX and sexual assault.
Provides information for students about their Title IX rights in regards to ending sexual violence on campus.
An advocacy organization dedicated to assisting students file Title IX complaints.
Male Survivors of Sexual Assault
For men sexually abused as children. Provides educational information and resources for men, family and friends, and professionals. Also provides access to the online hotline.
The "Sexual Abuse of Boys" section of Dr. Jim Hopper's website has pages on statistics, key facts still unknown to many people, unique impacts of sexual abuse on males, how being male can make it hard to heal, and links to other resources.
This site has information and a therapist search for male survivors of sexual violence.
Website, information and hotline for LGBT victims of domestic violence and their families. Hotline: 800.832.1901 (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
The Network/La Red hotline provides emotional support, information, and safety planning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender folks, as well as folks in the BDSM or Polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner. Support available in English and Spanish. Hotline: 617.742.4911 (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
A coalition of program that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. Site has a list of local anti-violence programs and publications. Hotline: 212.714.1141 (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
Help and suicide prevention line for GBLTQ youth. Hotline: 866.488.7386 (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
Call center that refers to over 15,000 resources across the country that support LGBTQ individuals. Hotline: 888.THE.GLNH (843.4564) (USA SITE, TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR USA ONLY)
Home to the Transgender Sexual Violence Project. Provides services and publishes research for transgender persons experiencing violence and their loved ones.
Directory of LGBT-friendly mental health specialists across the United States. Specialists listed are verified members of AGLBTIC, a division of the American Counseling Association.
A national resource centre for all Canadians seeking information about violence within the family and looking for new resources being used to address it. This site’s main function is to collect and disseminate information about family violence.
A 24-hour telephone crisis line for women in the province of Ontario. The Helpline is also for friends and family members of abused women, service providers and other professionals in contact with abused women.
A free counseling, legal, interpretation, information and referral service for women who are survivors of violence.
Representatives from key sectors in the community who have come together to develop a coordinated community response to woman abuse in Toronto.
Specifically deals with issues abused immigrant or refugee women might face, such as legal rights of a sponsored spouse.
Resisting/Fighting back against sexual violence
HeartMob is a community working to help end online harassment.
Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment.
See Jane Fight Back is a mediated and mediatized effort to mobilize women’s self-defense advocacy created by Drs. Jill Cermele and Martha McCaughey.
Wen-Do, celebrating 40 years next year of feminist self-defence in Canada and my collaborators for the EAAA program)
Find an empowerment self-defence class near you by going to the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation site
The largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women. An educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men.
'Draw The Line' is an interactive campaign that aims to engage Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation summarized key research on Canadian law and sexual violence in an accessible way for Canadians.