What does the law say about consent?
All sexual activity without consent, regardless of age, is a criminal offence. The age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years. A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity with a partner as long as the partner is less than five years older: a 12 or 13 year old can consent to sexual activity with another young person who is less than two years older, as long as the relationship is not exploitative.
– “Before we continue, I want to make sure we’re on the same page.”
– “How do you feel about ________?”
– “Do you like the idea of ________?”
– “I saw something about ______ online, what do you think about that?”
– Be clear and open about wants and needs; talk before, during, and after sexual activity.
– Respect boundaries and avoid pressuring your partner.
– Pay attention to body language, and ask for clarification if you need it.
– Be sensitive and mindful of the words you use, and acknowledge it can be awkward!
– Talk about the type of relationship you would like, STI status, and safer sex methods.
You deserve to feel safe, respected, and happy.