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Sexual assault with a weapon or threats to a third party is forced sexual activity where the person uses a weapon, or threatens you with a weapon, or threatens to hurt another person.
Sexual assault causing bodily harm is forced sexual activity where the person physically injures you.
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.
Providing sexually explicit material to a child is “grooming” a child using pornography in order to commit a sexual offence.
Luring a child is communicating with a young person using a computer in order to arrange or commit certain sexual offences.
These exceptions make sure the law does not label consensual activities between young people as criminal offences.
Actions, such as struggling and trying to leave, show that you do not consent.