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These topics contain content that may be triggering to some, if you feel that you are in crisis please reach out to one of the following or go here for a list of crisis and helplines available in your area.
For Indigenous Peoples, Hope for Wellness: 1-855-242-3310 Available 24/7
For Trans people of all ages, Trans LifeLine: 1-877-330-6366 Available 24/7
For Youth 20 and under, Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Available 24/7
For people with thoughts of suicide, Suicide Prevention and Support: 1-833-456-4566 Available 24/7
Sexual misconduct is a broad term used to talk about any unwelcomed behaviour of a sexual nature; it encompasses both sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Sexual harassment is any unwanted verbal or physical conduct including, staring, inappropriate questions or jokes, the spreading of explicit rumours, and posting intimate photos online, or sharing them with others.
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual act including, kissing, touching, as well as both penetrative and non-penetrative intercourse.
Any sexual act without consent is sexual assault. Consent cannot be given if the person is drunk, high, unconscious or sleeping. It also cannot be given if one of the people is in a position of trust, or authority over the other, or if intimidation and/or threats are used.
Consent is not ongoing; you can change your mind, no matter what or where you are in the act. Consent is also conditional; you may consent to intercourse, but only if you both practice safe sex. If someone violates one of your conditions, they have violated your consent. It is also important to know that revoking consent does not require justification or explanation.
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If someone is making you feel unsafe, remember that it is not your fault and that you are not alone. Please consider reaching out for help.