To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS recent events in Ontario have led to a heightened awareness of the urgency to address sexual violence and consent; and,
WHEREAS a national survey by the Canadian Women’s Foundation found only 28 percent of Canadians fully understand the meaning of consent; and,
WHEREAS Consent Awareness Week invites Ontarians to have thoughtful, affirming, intersectional and age-appropriate conversations about consent. The week is an opportunity to reflect, champion and celebrate consent as a cornerstone for all types of relationships, not just intimate ones. The week is also an opportunity to explore valuable life skills related to consent, including how to respond to rejection, articulate boundaries, respect bodily autonomy and actively listen to others.
We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to support the Consent Awareness Week Act and make Ontario a leader in making the places where we live, work, and learn safer for everybody.