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Sudbury post-sec schools partner with GSPS on consent video

‘Consent is legally required and necessary’
Laurentian University staff and students raising awareness on the importance of consent, at fall Orientation on campus (left to right: Estella Bouchard, Emma Lelievre, Avery Morin, Stephanie Harris).

Sudbury’s three local post-secondary institutions have partnered with Greater Sudbury Police Service and Sudbury & Area Victim Services to raise awareness on the importance of consent. 

Any form of sexual activity without consent is sexual assault, said a press release from Laurentian University. Consent is legally required and necessary. 

The university said it is proud to launch a collaboratively produced video that discusses the importance of obtaining consent, the law around consent, and some support options available to individuals affected by sexual violence.

A launch of the video was held at Laurentian on Sept. 22. You can view that video below:

“Sexual assault is extremely underreported and we are working hard to change that by committing to innovative and collaborative efforts focused on awareness and education,” said a press release from Laurentian.

If someone has experienced a sexual assault, they have various options for reporting the incident(s) to police if and when you are ready to do so. In the case of an emergency, if you are in danger or need medical assistance, if the incident just took place, or the person responsible is nearby, phone 9-1-1 immediately. 

If you are reporting a sexual assault after the fact and you do not believe that you require immediate assistance, you can call police at 705-675-9171 or you can report it online through the online reporting option on the GSPS website. Under the “Reporting” heading you will find a page dedicated to sexual assault reporting with additional information including a “Sexual Assault Survivors Guide.”