Sex without consent is rape

“Police are relaunching the #NoConsentNoSex campaign, timed to coincide with the festive party season.

The two-week digital media campaign, which is supported by Serenity, Northamptonshire Rape Crisis and Voice, aims to raise awareness of sexual crime and in particular highlight the issue of consent. It delivers the stark message that sex without consent is rape or sexual assault.

Through a series of eye-catching visuals and messages, shared through social media, the campaign seeks to educate those who may not fully realise the implications of their actions as well as spell out the serious consequences of committing a serious sexual offence.

Reducing and preventing sexual crime is a high priority for the Force. Detective Superintendent Paul Rymarz believes it’s important to highlight the issue of sexual consent and ensure people fully understand what constitutes rape, particularly where alcohol is involved.

He said: “A person can only consent to have sex if they agree by choice and they have the freedom and capacity to make that choice. If someone is excessively drunk – too drunk to know what they are doing – then they cannot consent to sex. If there’s any question over whether someone has drunk too much to give consent, assume they haven’t given it. If they haven’t consented and you still have sex with them, it’s rape or sexual assault and this has serious consequences.”

Find more from Northamptonshire Police (UK, December 2019)

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