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Do you know how to give and get sexual consent? It may seem straightforward, but while almost all Canadians (96%) agree that sexual activity must be consensual, two-thirds (67%) do not fully understand how to properly give or get it.

What is sexual consent?

Sexual consent is a two-way exchange: it’s an ongoing process of giving and getting permission.

This means showing—in words and actions—that you freely agree to participate in a sexual activity.

This means continuing to give your permission throughout the sexual encounter. You can revoke your consent at any time.

A lack of understanding can be a contributing factor for unwanted sexual activity and assault.

  • of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
  • of Canadians incorrectly believe that consent is not required between spouses or long-term partners.
  • of people between 18 and 34 incorrectly believe sending an explicit photo, text or email counts as consent.