A freely-given yes! Anything else is a no!
The only person responsible for sexual violence is the person who chooses to cross another person’s boundaries. It is never the fault of the person who experiences it.
Consent can never be forced. This includes threats, pressure, guilt, bribery, blackmail and physical violence.
Consent is someone communicating “yes” with their words, tone and actions. It is not the absence of a “no”.
Only you can consent for you. Even if you’re dating or married you always need your partner’s consent.
Consent is given to specific people and to specific acts. Consent can’t be given ahead of time, only in the moment.
People can’t consent to sexual activity if they are highly intoxicated from drugs or alcohol, or if they’re sleeping or unconscious.
Freely given. Never assumed.
Services for Youth
SACE provides free support to people of all genders, ages 3+, who have experienced sexual violence, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse.
Support & Information Lines
For anyone who has experienced sexual violence or who is supporting someone impacted by it, there are support services available through phone, text, or chat to provide callers with information, support, and referrals.
The conversation on these lines is led by the caller, and the caller will never have to talk about anything they don’t want to talk about.
9am – 9pm
SACE Support & Info Line
Alberta’s ONE LINE
Chat: sace.ca > click the orange icon on the bottom right of the page.
Text, long distance & interpreter support:
SACE Counsellors provide up to 15 sessions of free counselling. Our counselling is non-judgmental and trauma-informed. This means that the counsellors work from a place of believing and they know that sexual violence is never the fault of the person who experienced harm.
People under the age of 18 require consent from their guardian(s) to access counselling at SACE. If this is a concern, please talk about this with our intake worker.
Intake for counselling is done over the phone by calling our office.