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Survey shows sexual consent awareness low among Canadians


Fifty-five per cent of Canadians don’t perceive the authorized definition of sexual consent, suggests a current survey performed by Maru Public Opinion and commissioned by the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF).


According to Canada’s Criminal Code, consent is the voluntary and ongoing settlement to have interaction in sexual exercise, which might be withdrawn at any time.


Out of a random collection of 1,511 Canadian adults who have been surveyed on Oct. 18 and 19, lower than half (45 per cent) of the respondents demonstrated an understanding of the consensual sexual exercise that meets the authorized threshold.


Those who efficiently met this threshold have been nearly equally ladies and men beneath the age of 54. This age group additionally demonstrated a greater understanding of sexual consent than their older counterparts above the age of 55, the survey discovered.


“Stories about sexual violence are lined within the information on a regular basis,” Paulette Senior, president and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, mentioned in a information launch on Tuesday.


“While more people seem to be aware of what consent is, it’s alarming that so many still don’t understand. It’s a sign that Canada desperately needs to invest in consent education and effective abuse prevention measures relevant to all age groups.”


Although the proportion of Canadians who’re conscious of consent has elevated for the reason that survey was first performed in 2015, it nonetheless represents lower than half of the inhabitants.


Awareness additionally various in keeping with province, the survey discovered. Those who had an understanding of consent usually tend to reside in Alberta (49 per cent) and British Columbia (48 per cent), adopted by these dwelling in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario (47 per cent every), Atlantic Canada (42 per cent), and Québec (39 per cent).


Last yr, the definition of consent beneath sexual assault legislation got here beneath scrutiny when a B.C. man was charged with sexual assault after assuring a lady that he would put on a condom.


In July, the Supreme Court of Canada dominated that intercourse with a condom is a unique bodily act than intercourse with out one, and that the usage of a condom could be a situation of consent beneath sexual assault legislation.


Canada’s prime courtroom mentioned that that saying sure to intercourse with the situation {that a} condom is used will not be the identical as saying sure to intercourse with out circumstances. In different phrases, consent must be given once more, if the usage of a condom was not beforehand agreed upon. 


According to Statistics Canada knowledge revealed in 2019, 4.7 million ladies – or 30 per cent of all ladies aged 15 and older – have skilled sexual assault that didn’t contain an intimate companion.


The statistics recommend that some ladies and folks of color, notably Indigenous ladies, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, ladies with disabilities, and youthful ladies usually tend to expertise sexual assault.


This present survey demonstrates that 42 per cent of Canadians know a lady who has been sexually assaulted.


With recordsdata from Kendra Mangione

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