The Consent is Mandatory campaign seeks to address rape culture on campus. Rape culture is a societal system which historically and presently blames victims and survivors of sexual violence, while normalising the actions of perpetrators. The Consent is Mandatory campaign wants to start building a culture of consent on campus that normalises processes of seeking consent and putting survivors first.
The Consent is Mandatory campaign has a number of materials and outreach initiatives that you can get involved in. Join the Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line (SASSL), attend events and workshops with the Centre for Women & Trans People and other Equity Service Centres, or come grab some buttons, pillowcases and flyers from the Centres on the second floor of the Student Centre.
Consent means that all parties involved within a situation, be it sexual or not, must be in agreement with whatever is done to them, with them or around them, and should not be coerced or taken advantage of. Consent is about adhering to the belief that everyone should have ownership over their own bodies, their personal spaces, and their right to make their own decisions.
Consent is necessary for any sexual act. Sexual acts are not limited to sexual intercourse and include (but are not limited to) touching another person and/or sexual comments.
Always ask first! Consent is when one person agrees to or gives permission to another person to do something. The way a person dresses, talks, or dances does not determine if consent is present. If a person consents to any sexual act, they still have the right to change their mind at any time during sexual activity. If consent is not present; sexual assault is.
If you or someone you know are a survivor of sexual assault, harassment, or any other form of violence, and need someone to talk to, the following are a list of free and anonymous services available to all students:
RSU's Centre for Safer Sex and Sexual Violence Support:
SCC-B03A (beside CopyRITE), SCC
Open Monday to Friday 12pm-5pm
RSU Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line:
Office For Sexual Violence Support & Education (OSVSE):
416.979.5000 ext. 3596
Ryerson Sexual Violence Policy:
The Canadian Federation of Students developed the “No Means No” campaign more than twenty years ago to raise awareness and reduce the occurrence of sexual assault, acquaintance rape, and dating violence. The “No Means No” campaign offers various resources, including research on the incidences of sexual violence in Canada, buttons, stickers, posters and postcards. Visit the Centre for Women and Trans People in the Student Centre at SCC210 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org to get some materials.
Visit the webpage at: http://cfs-fcee.ca/issues/no-means-no/