Sex Without Consent

Any form of sexual activity that has been forced by one person upon another without consent is sexual assault. Sexual assault can happen between people of the same or opposite sex. It includes any unwanted act of a sexual nature such as kissing, fondling, oral sex, intercourse or other forms of penetration, either vaginal or anal.
In section 271(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada, “simple sexual assault” is defined as any attack of a sexual nature in which force is used. No physical injury is necessary to prove that an offense has occurred. When prosecuted as an indictable offense, ’simple sexual assault’ carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

For more information, we highly recommend that you contact the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.  They provide services for those affected by sexual violence, with primary emphasis on support, education, counselling and leadership/advocacy services for women. Their website can be found at and to speak directly with a staff member, please call (902) 422-4240.