You Are Not Alone
Toronto Metropolitan is committed to fostering a campus where consent comes first. Together we support survivors when they disclose and address sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence. We learn about the issue, contribute to the conversation and are part of the change on campus.
Consent Comes First (CCF) provides free, confidential, trauma-informed, healing-centred support to Toronto Metropolitan community members affected by sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence. We create opportunities for people affected by violence to cultivate safety, healing and leadership on their own terms. Together with campus partners and the broader community, CCF provides education, programming and advocacy to foster a world free from gender-based violence.
What Is Sexual Violence?
Any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression. The act can be physical or psychological in nature, as long as it is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent. Learn more in Toronto Metropolitan's Sexual Violence Policy.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- sexual assault and/or sexual harassment
- indecent exposure
- sexual exploitation
- degrading sexual imagery
- distribution of sexual images or video of a community member without their consent
- cyber harassment or cyber stalking of a sexual nature
Gender-based Violence Pyramid
This is a starting point, not an exhaustive list, to understand how gender-based violence manifests.
Top Level: Murder and/or Genocide
Second Level: Rape, Sexual Assault, Physical, Emotional, Financial Abuse, Technology Facilitated Violence, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Virginity Test, Spiritual Abuse, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Medical Abuse, Stalking
Third Level: Harassment, Threats, Verbal Abuse, Objectification, Isolation
Fourth Level: Traditional Gender Roles, Glass Ceiling, Stereotypes, Oppressive Policies, Stereotypes, Institutional Discrimination, State Violence
Bottom Level: Capitalism, White Supremacy, Colonization, Patriarchy, Racism, Heterosexism, Ableism, Sizeism, Cissexism, Transmisogyny, Ageism, Classism, Anti-Black Racism, Patriarchy, Xenophobia