DRAW THE LINE

Engaging Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence.

You overhear an educator telling a student how their grades would be better if they returned his texts.

Do you tell someone?

Why Draw the Line

Unwanted, unwelcomed and unasked for behaviours of a sexual nature are forms of sexual violence. Any sexual contact between a person of authority and a person under 18 years of age is legally considered sexual assault.

When to Draw the Line

Suggestive or intimidating behaviour; exchanging grades for sexual activity; guilt-tripping; isolating a student; or making inappropriate comments or touching are forms of sexual violence.

How to Draw the Line

There is always more than one option for a bystander. Do something you are comfortable with, like:

  • Support them: Tell them: "This is wrong. Are you ok? Is there anyone I can call for you? Let's go talk to someone about this."
  • Report it: Tell someone you trust - a teacher, a principal, a parent/caregiver or elder.

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