Sexual Assault is a crime. It covers any sexual contact that you don’t consent to, including:
Commonly referred to as stalking, criminal harassment is defined as repeatedly following a person, or repeatedly communicating with a person, in a way that could have that person fearing for his or her safety or someone else’s. Offences commonly associated with criminal harassment include uttering threats, threatening or harassing phone calls, common assault and mischief (Statistics Canada).
Sexual Assault is defined as an assault of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. The act of sexual assault does not depend solely on contact with any specific part of the human anatomy but rather the act of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. When investigating a sexual assault, there are certain relevant factors to consider:
Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of reported cases of young people involved in self/peer exploitation. This type of exploitation, coined in the media as “sexting," is generally defined as youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images and/or videos with peers via the Internet and/or electronic devices. In an effort to manage this growing social problem, we have created resource guides for school personnel and families impacted by a self/peer exploitation incident.
Sextortion is a type of exploitation that involves coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. It is also a type of blackmail in which sexual images or videos are used to force sexual favors from the victim. People who sext may find themselves victims of sextortion.