About the Project

Only Yes Means Yes is a legal education project about sexual assault and consent designed by and for post-secondary students and generously funded by the Law Foundation of BC and Health Sciences Association of BC. Getting clear, affirmative, and ongoing consent for all sexual activity is a legal requirement. It’s also an ethical requirement—an absolute necessity to avoid causing harm and violence. Have you ever wondered exactly how the criminal justice system defines and deals with sexual assault, and what’s required under the law for consent?

 

About the Workshop

As of February 13, 2018, West Coast LEAF will be offering our FREE pilot workshop on post-secondary campuses in the Lower Mainland and in other parts of BC where funding is available for travel. We can tailor the workshop to make it accessible and relevant to particular groups of post-secondary students. By attending a pilot workshop, you can not only deepen your knowledge of how the law handles sexual assault, but also share your input to shape the final version of the workshop.

Our interactive 2.5 hour workshop will unpack the ins and outs of sexual assault law through a critical social justice lens. We’ll address some of the most common legal questions about sexual assault and consent, as suggested by our student advisory committee:

  • How does the Criminal Code define sexual assault?
  • How drunk is too drunk to give consent under the law?
  • What are survivors’ rights and options when reporting sexual assault to the police, or when choosing not to report?
  • What happens after the police receive a report of sexual assault and consent?
  • What can you expect as a survivor navigating the criminal justice system, at every step along the way?
  • What supports are available to you as a survivor?

The law is one strategy among many for responding to sexual assault and seeking justice and healing. Although the legal system is flawed in many ways, knowing how it works can help you make informed decisions. This workshop will demystify how the law understands sexual assault and the legal responsibility to get consent. It will also help us imagine a culture of consent based on an ethical commitment to non-violence—and inspire us to work to create that culture on campus.

 

Book a Pilot Workshop or Learn More

Unfortunately we are booked to capacity through to April 2018, but we encourage you to inquire about booking Only Yes Means Yes workshops between May and December 2018. Please contact Alana Prochuk, Manager of Public Legal Education, at education@westcoastleaf.org or 604-684-8772 extension 117.

Download our PDF workshop poster and help us spread the word about this amazing learning opportunity!

Image credit: Chris Carter, CC 2.0

 

This project is made possible by generous funding from: