Articles on Consent

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If a Canadian health-care professional believes that an adolescent is a mature minor and has not been vaccinated, they are legally and ethically obliged to provide them with information about vaccination. (Shutterstock)

Vaccination: In Canada, many teenagers don’t need parental consent

In Canada, the age of consent for health-care decisions is assessed on a case-by-case basis. It can be age 14, or sometimes even younger.
Two in five Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence. Jorge Flores

Four in ten Australians think women lie about being victims of sexual assault

Australians are more aware of domestic violence and sexual assault than before. But a worrying proportion blame victims for abuse, think women are lying, and don't believe consent is always necessary.
This Nov. 14, 2018 photo shows six women who have filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female graduate students to harassment, groping and sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

We need to learn from the men who rape

It's time to stop surveying women about their experiences as rape victims, time to research the men who perpetrate these crimes and work to inebriate and isolate women.
Teens are questioning the suggestion that they can’t get their stories straight and that abusive behaviour is to be expected at their age. Here teens from the 1980s pose for a time capsule. Vintage Everyday

What young people can learn from the Kavanaugh hearings

Last week's hearing with Brett Kavanaugh raised questions about how responsible we are for our youthful actions. A legal scholar says that youthful inexperience doesn’t let us off the hook.
Research from around the world shows that at least one in eight teens has had a sexually explicit image of themselves forwarded, without consent. (Shutterstock))

Why sexting must be on the curriculum

Sex-education curricula that openly discuss sexting, consent and other online behaviours have never been more important for teens -- in Ontario and globally.
State curricula articulate principles of respect and ethics in relationships, but some don’t use the word ‘consent’. from shutterstock.com

How #MeToo can guide sex education in schools

The #MeToo movement has sparked discussions about appropriate sexual behaviour that teachers can build on in sexual education.

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