It is not a criminal offence if: These exceptions only apply if the older person is not in a position of authority or trust and there is no exploitation.For example, even if a 14 year old agreed to sexual activity with her/his 19 year old basketball coach, the law does not consider that the consent was freely given. The law also says that children under 12 years of age can never legally consent to sexual activity. You can show by your words OR actions that you do not consent.
Sexual assault is any kind of assault that is of a sexual nature.
Grabbing someone's breast and sexual intercourse without a person’s consent are examples of sexual assault.
Sexual assault with a weapon or threats to a third party is forced sexual activity where the person uses a weapon, or threatens you with a weapon, or threatens to hurt another person.
Sexual assault causing bodily harm is forced sexual activity where the person physically injures you.
Trying to use force or threatening to use force may also be assault.
Touching, slapping, punching, kicking or pushing are examples of assault.The law also provides for the protection of persons with mental or physical disabilities without any age restrictions.It is important to remember that a young person 16 years of age or more but under 18 years of age cannot consent to sexual activity with someone in a position of trust or authority over them or with someone on whom they are dependent.The courts would determine exploitation by the wrongful conduct of the exploiter rather than the consent of the young person.Publication of Intimate Images without Consent: It is an offence for someone to knowingly post, distribute, sell or make available an intimate image, film, or recording of another person without that person’s consent.Sexual assault is forced sexual activity where the person does not physically hurt you.