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    If you have been affected by sexual violence, know that it is not your fault.

     

     

    Everyone addresses violence, accesses supports, and heals from trauma in different ways. You choose what's next. 

     

     

     

     

  • Sexual Violence is any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression – whether the act is physical or psychological in nature – that is committed, threatened, or attempted against a person without the person’s Consent, and includes Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, Indecent Exposure, Voyeurism, and sexual exploitation. Learn more in the Univeristy of Lethbridge's Sexual Violence Policy. 

  • U of L is committed to fostering a campus where Consent is . . . Active, Ongoing, Voluntary, Informed, Conscious, and Mandatory. Together we support survivors when they disclose, prevent and address sexual violence. We learn about the issue, contribute to the conversation and are part of the change on campus.

    Consent is the voluntary and mutual agreement to engage in the act or acts in question and to continue to engage in the act or acts. Voluntary agreement to engage in the activity or to continue to engage in the activity must be communicated through words or conduct. 

    Active 

    Consent is clear and active. Consent cannot be implied and it can be revoked or altered at any time during the act or acts in question.

    Ongoing 

    Consent is ongoing. Consenting to one kind of sexual activity does not mean that consent is given for another sexual activity. And, consent only applies to each specific instance of sexual activity

    Voluntary, Informed, Conscious 

    No consent is obtained where an individual is incapable of consenting.

    • An individual may be incapable of consenting if they are intoxicated, or if they are induced to engage in the activity by fraud, by someone exercising a position of trust, power or authority, or through coercion or the threat of violence.
    • Evidence that an individual was impaired by alcohol or drugs is a relevant consideration for determining whether they consented to the sexual activity in question.
    • Impaired judgement of the initiator that leads them to think or believe there was Consent is not Consent

    Mandatory 

    It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in physical contact or sexual activity to make sure that they have consent from the other person(s) involved. Physical contact or sexual activity without consent is sexual assault. 

  • The Sexual Violence Policy is in review. The new version of the policy will be open for public feedback and comments in Fall 2018.