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Any unwanted, non-consentual sexual contact, which includes kissing, touching, fondling and intercourse.
"NO" IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE.
IT DOES NOT REQUIRE JUSTIFICATION OR AN EXPLANATION.
Child sexual abuse does not know socioeconomic boundaries. It is a particularly harmful form of child abuse as people are often unwilling to discuss sexual abuse, leaving victims with few supports. It destroys trust and disrupts normal sexual development, leading to difficulties in adult life.
A person under the age of 16 years cannot legally consent to sex with an adult; however, a person must be 18 years of age to legally consent to sexual activity involving pornography, prostitution, or with people who are their teachers, coaches or religious leaders.
The law allows for "close in age" sexual activity. A 14 or 15 year old may consent to sexual activity, provided it is with a person less than five years older. A 12 or 13 year old may consent to sexual activity, provided it is witha person less than two years older.
Individuals from all backgrounds can experience domestic violence. They often suffer for a long time, not wanting to admit they are being abused.
Physical abuse is any aggressive behaviour directed at another person, such as pushing, squeezing, shaking, choking, etc. Many victims have no visible injuries.
Sexual abuse is forced participation in any type of sexual activity. No one, including a spouse or partner, has the right to force someone to participate in sexual activity.
Psychological abuse is the infliction of emotional pain by controlling or degrading another person. This includes controlling access to vehicles or money, name-calling, insults, repeated accusations of infidelity, threats to harm self or others, and isolation from friends and family.
Forced confinement is when someone does not allow another person out of, for example, a house, room or bed.
Abuse towards pets or property can be part of domestic violence and may include the direct or indirect threat that "you are next".
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Sexual assault is a crime. It involves any sexual contact without your permission (consent). It is unwanted kissing, fondling, touching of sexual body parts and/or forced sexual intercourse.
It is any type of sexual activity you don't really want, but are forced, threatened, guilted or convinced into doing (i.e. "If you loved me, you would...")
It is any sexual activity that occurs when you are too intoxicated to give consent, or when an offender uses alcohol or drugs, or a combination of both, to incapacitate their victim.
Sexual Assault is Never the Victim's Fault. No matter what.
The emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuse of someone by their partner or a family member.
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child sexual abuse
Sexual conduct toward a child by an older person, including touching, exposure, sexually explicit conversations and the making or viewing of pornography.