Creating A Culture of Consent

Ask. Listen. Respect.

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Consent

Consent has six (6) important elements:

  • It’s an active, voluntary and mutual agreement between all parties to engage in an activity without force of any kind
  • Informed consent is an enthusiastic, resounding (verbal or nonverbal) “YES!”
  • It’s also an ongoing process—just because you received consent for something once before doesn’t mean you always have it.
  • It’s the responsibility of the initiator or the person changing the activity to ensure they obtain consent.
  • Consent can be taken away at any time, regardless of what has happened up to that point.
  • Consent is best practiced sober—if the other party has been drinking, even a little bit, best to wait until they can aptly provide consent.

There is NO consent when any party is:

  • Forced, threatened, intimidated or coerced
  • Under 16 years of age
  • Sleeping, passed out, or unconscious
  • Drunk, intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Moving away, pretending to be asleep, freezing up or becoming silent, or showing other non-verbal clues to indicate ‘no’
  • Incapable of giving consent due to a mental health issue, intellectual or physical disability
  • A person of authority or there is a power imbalance

There are a number of workshops aimed to educate the BCIT community about sexual violence.

There are many supports and resources available to students who have experienced sexual violence — you are not alone.

If someone has chosen you to disclose an experience of sexual violence, being aware of your reaction is paramount to that individual’s wellbeing. Always believe someone who discloses they experienced sexual violence.

  • Listen without judgement and let them tell their story in a way that works for them
  • Communicate that their experience of sexual violence was not their fault
  • Help them identify which resources they would like to be referred to and respect their right to choose the service they feel is most appropriate
  • Respect their right to choose how much information they wish to disclose
  • Make every effort to respect their confidentiality and anonymity
  • Refer to them using language that is consistent with how they wish to identify themselves

The BCIT Student Association respectfully acknowledges that the land on which BCIT’s main campuses are located is the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the shared territories of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations.