This week, our Campaign to End Violence roundup looks at the importance of consent.
Our most recent study shows that while almost all Canadians (96%) agree that sexual activities between partners should be consensual, 2 in 3 Canadians (67%) do not understand what consent means.
Given these numbers, it isn’t surprising that many women live in fear of sexual violence.
When the concept of consent is so widely misunderstood or deemed unimportant (our research shows that 1 in 10 Canadians believe that consent is not required between spouses or long-term partners!), this puts women at risk of sexual assault and shows that Canadians desperately need education on the issue.
Indeed, this lack of education contributes to rape culture and the erasure of rape survivors.
Despite the confusion around consent, it’s not actually that complicated.
As a society, we must stop making excuses for rape and rape culture, and instead promote a culture of consent.
One of the most common excuses for rape is that the perpetrator was drinking, but drinking doesn’t cause rape – rapists do.
This month, join our Campaign to End Violence. All funds raised through the Campaign support women’s shelters across Canada and violence prevention programs that help break the cycle of violence.
Let’s ensure that next time they’re asked, all Canadians know the meaning and importance of consent.