What do you know about consent?
Consent involves all partners talking about what they are comfortable doing and/or not doing when it comes to each others’ bodies. This includes anything from holding hands to having sex.
Consent is needed for every action, every time. Consent is only good for the moment it is asked. You and your partner(s) need to get consent each time you are intimate together.
Verbal and non-verbal actions are important when asking for consent. Did the person say “yes!” and sound excited? Or did the person sound quiet and shy? Is the person withdrawn or pulling away? Consider the person’s whole body expression through their words and body language when it comes to consent. Consent can be stopped at any time, even if the person agreed to the activity earlier.
Here’s some ways you can ask for consent and continue the conversation with your partner(s). Just change the example for what’s happening with you:
Find out how much you know about consent with this quiz from the Joyful Heart Foundation.
If you are experiencing violence, you are not alone. Tell someone you trust. You deserve a relationship free of fear.
Huron County Resources:
Huron Women’s Shelter: An organization committed to ending violence against women and girls. Find emergency shelter, counselling services along with other programs focused on women’s empowerment here. | 24/7 Support and Information Phone Line: 1-800-265-5506 | huronwomensshelter.ca|
The Gab LGBTQ2S+ Virtual Meetings: The Gab is a safe, inclusive and fun way to interact and share ideas virtually with people that identify with LGBTQ2S+ groups. There will be youth only gab sessions available starting in Fall 2020. Email Bonnie to pre-register and receive Zoom meeting link.| email@example.com |
Victim Services Huron County: If you need help leaving a violent relationship in Huron County, Victim Services will support you. If you know someone involved in human trafficking, Victim Services can guide you to help them find a way out. | Call: (519)600-4108 | victimserviceshuron.ca |
For more local resources, visit our partners’ page.
Kids Help Phone: Free counselling services and advice. Counsellors are always available to answer your questions, no matter how big or small they are.| Call: 1-800-668-6868 | Text: 686868 | kidshelpphone.ca |
Need Help Now: If you or someone you know has been effected by a sexual picture being shared online, Need Help Now will support you and help remove the picture from the internet. They will also provide assistance with cyberbullying and online safety. | needhelpnow.ca |
Pflag Canada: Canada’s only national organization that offers peer to peer support for people experiencing issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity (services taking place virtually during COVID-19). | pflagcanada.ca |
During COVID-19 our partners continue to provide services to support members of Huron County affected by violence.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger from violence, call 911.
For emergency shelter and safety planning call Huron Women’s Shelter’s 24/7 information and support line: 1-800-265-5506.