With the landmark "Me Too" movement we are reminded of the importance of the conversation on consent. The basic definition of consent is: when an individual gives their own permission.
This may seem like a basic concept on the surface, however there can be (and certainly has been in many cases) some confusion or lack of understanding on what exactly it means and where it occurs in our day to day lives. Coercion, bullying, harassment, incapacitation, silence, and fear can also impact whether an individual has truly given consent. (The first video provides an excellent explanation in more detail.)
It is important for youth to know what to do and who to go to when something happens if they have not 100% consented to it. It is also important to be able to identify when someone has to something and when someone has not. Check out "7 Things You Might Think Are Consent But Aren't".
Basic concepts of consent can be taught early on to help support the health and safety of children - and later as adults. It is important all genders are included in this discussion. The second video shows real world relevance to consent and is a great resource for youth.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CONSENT:
Let's Stop Sexual Harassment and Violence: Government of Ontario website on sexual violence, consent, and includes helplines, local sexual assault centers
ConsentEd: Information on sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and common myths
Athenas Sexual Assault and Counselling Center: Local resource with a location in Barrie