Agir contre - Les agressions sexuelles

Forms of sexual assault

Sexual assault can take many forms. They also vary in terms of violence and the kind of acts that take place.

However, in almost every case:

  • Sexual assault has harmful consequences for the victim.
  • Sexual assault is a criminal act because the victim has not consented or is not old enough to give consent.

Common forms of sexual assault

  • Kissing of a sexual nature
  • Touching: breasts, thighs, buttocks, penis, vulva, anus
  • Masturbation of the victim by the perpetrator or vice versa
  • Oral-genital contact:
    • Cunnilingus: contact between the mouth and a girl's or woman's genitals.
    • Fellatio: the insertion of the perpetrator's penis into the victim's mouth or the insertion of the victim's penis into the perpetrator's mouth.
  • Penetration: vaginal or anal penetration with a penis, finger or other object.
  • Exhibitionism: the practice of exposing one's genitals in public.
  • Frottage: the practice of rubbing against non-consenting persons in a public area. For example, attempting to rub one's genitals against strangers on the bus.
  • Voyeurism: "voyeuristic" activity refers to watching individuals who are naked or involved in sexual activity.

It is completely unacceptable — and illegal!

Sexual assault is unacceptable, regardless of the form it takes, the acts involved, the situation, the relationship between the perpetrator and victim, or the circumstances.

  • All acts or forms of sexual contact are illegal.
  • And all acts or forms of sexual contact with people under the age of 16 are considered to occur "without consent" and are thus illegal. *

* Criminal Code provides an exception for persons of 14 or 15 years of age. A person of this age may give their consent as long as their partner is:

  • Not more than five years older
  • Not in a situation of trust or authority towards the youth
  • Not a person with whom the youth is in a relationship of dependency
  • Not in a relationship with the youth that is exploitative of the youth

Twelve and thirteen-year-olds may consent if their partner is less than two years older than they are and the preceding conditions are met.