Sexual Abuse


What is it?

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact. It includes a range of behaviours that involves touching or rubbing a part of another's body in a sexual way, without consent.

All sexual contact with anyone without consent is a crime called sexual assault. Sexual assault includes sexual touching or forcing sexual activity on a spouse, a common-law partner or a dating partner. Even within marriage, one spouse cannot force the other to have sexual contact.

Sexual violence can also include being forced to participate in non-contact sexual activities such as watching pornography, or being sexually harassed, or experiencing sexual threats. 2

 What is the impact?

It is important to understand that each person reacts uniquely to sexual violence, and there is no right or wrong way to cope or feel after the experience.

 Sexual violence and the Criminal Code of Canada 

Within the Criminal Code of Canada, laws have been written in order to protect people from being hurt.


If you or someone you know has concerns about sexual abuse please visit the Get Help section for resources.

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