Consent Is Mandatory

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.

Get involved in the campaign by emailing the Centre for Women & Trans People at or the Vice-President Equity of the Ryerson Students’ Union at

What Is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is ANY sexual attention including hugging, kissing, touching of any body part, and oral, vaginal, or anal penetration that occurs without consent. Sexual assault is an act of antagonism that harms a person’s sexual free will. Sexual assault does not always occur by physical force. Sexual assault often happens when a person is tricked into performing or receiving sexual attention, by means of guilting, shaming, begging, bribing or threatening.

What Is Consent?

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. 

Support Services

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 Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line: 416.260.0100

  • Fall-Winter Hours (September 1 – April 30): 8:00am-1:00am
  • Summer Hours (May 1 – August 31): 10:00am-1:00am

Open Monday through Fridays. Anonymous and confidential peer support for self-identified women.

Office For Sexual Violence Support & Education (OSVSE):

The OSVSE is a new office on campus that was created out of a need to institutionally address rape culture and sexual violence at Ryerson University. Their services include:

  • Works with campus partners to deliver an array of education, prevention, training and awareness activities for different audiences in the university
  • Provides a central location for survivors to access referrals to various supports available including counselling, safety planning, academic and workplace accommodations
  • Assists survivors with understanding the various reporting/complaint options available to them and assistance in making an informed decision about next steps
  • Maintains data on disclosures and reports/complaints of sexual violence experienced by members of the Ryerson community
  • Maintains up-to-date community resource information, best practices in addressing sexual violence on a university campus and other resources useful to community members interested in learning more about this issue.

You can find a list of support services on their website:

Find the Ryerson Sexual Violence Policy at:

No Means No Campaign

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 to get some materials.

Visit the webpage at: 

Consent Comes First Video

Ryerson University is committed to preventing sexual violence on and off campus. What does consent really mean, and how can you be a part of creating a culture of consent? Visit to learn more. 

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