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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.  

You are not alone. Contact us

Phone: 416 979 5000 ext. 553596
Office: KHW 279

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
  • stalking
  • indecent exposure
  • voyeurism
  • 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
A Gender-based Violence Pyramid, with five levels, which demonstrates how gender-based violence manifests.

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