Prévention CDN-NDG presents
This project seeks to create systemic changes in sexual harassment in high schools.
“Culture of Consent” aims to prevent and oppose sexual harassment and encourage a culture of consent in high schools and communities in the areas of Côte-des-Neiges, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Outrement and Town of Mount Royal.
This project, bridging research and action, includes three phases :
Rape culture refers to discourse, behaviours, and attitudes that excuse, normalize, or even approve of or encourage sexual assault and violence. It is an organized, systemic social and behavioural structure that is passed from generation to generation. It can manifest in a number of different ways, from individual behaviours and attitudes that normalize sexual violence toward women, to the objectification and sexualization of women’s bodies in the media and cultural sphere.
In contrast to rape culture, consent culture is an expression of values and attitudes that respect people’s bodily autonomy, based on the belief that a person is always the best-qualified to determine their own needs and desires. Consent culture involves all people and seeks to build solidarity and empathy for victims of sexual harassment or violence.
Sexual consent is an explicit agreement to a specific sexual act. In order to be valid, consent must be:
Sexual consent involves all sexual relations, whether they happen once, occasionally, or on a long-term basis.
Sexual violence refers to any action or attitude that forces someone to submit to, carry out or be confronted with sexual acts without their consent (rape, assault, harassment, exploitation, etc.).
More specifically, sexual harassment is a type of sexual violence that involves imposing of sexual comments or actions on a person or a group of people without, or against, their consent; violating a person or group of people’s rights, their dignity or their psychological, physical or moral well-being; or creating a situation that is hostile, humiliating, intimidating or offensive.