If someone changes their mind, sexual activity should stop.
If a person agrees to sex or sexual activity, but becomes unconscious or intoxicated by alcohol or drugs – the earlier consent does not count as a yes later.
Choosing to separate without getting a divorce right away does not mean that you cannot deal with child support/custody, property, or spousal support right away.
Because divorce changes your rights and responsibilities as they relate to your spouse, you should consider the matter seriously and speak to someone who may be able to go over your options with you, for example a professional counsellor, a lawyer, or an employee with Family Justice Services.
Prior to engaging in any sexual activity, it should be clear that you and your partner are willing, comfortable, and in agreement to continue.
Consent can be withdrawn at any time, and this can be indicated with either words or actions.
If you and your spouse decide to separate, there is no need to start divorce proceedings right away.
An abortion can be spontaneous—for example due to health reasons or complications during pregnancy and is called a miscarriage.
No always means no, even if you or a partner initially agreed to sexual activity or sexual activity has already begun.
Sometimes a person may say yes and later be hesitant or feel uncomfortable about continuing.
This booklet provides information on what is meant by the age of consent to sexual activity and an overview of some of Canada’s laws on sexual assault, and other offences involving sexual exploitation. This is the age that criminal law recognizes the legal capacity of a young person to consent to sexual activity.
Generally, it is legal to have sexual contact with someone who is 16 years or older if they agree to have sex with you. It is important to know that in some situations a person must be 18 years old to consent to sexual activity.