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Consent campaign targets Freshers' week

There has been a 33% increase in sexual assaults and rapes reported in Lincolnshire in 2018 compared with 2017.

Today, timed to coincide with freshers' week, we launch a campaign to remind people of what consent means and their obligation to get it. At the same time we want to encourage reporting and highlight the support available for victims of sexual assault.    

Detective Supt Jon McAdam is Head of Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit. He explained the importance of the campaign. He said, "We take every opportunity to encourage victims to come forward. It’s important that new students coming into the City see our Force as one to be trusted, one that is proactive in the highlighting of the importance of consent and one that will investigate a case meticulously and with compassion.

"We have a department of specially trained officers who work closely with highly skilled, specialist and empathetic partners to ensure anyone who is a victim of sexual assault can get the right support they need.   

"We want to offer a reassurance that this is a safe City but if you do report a sexual assault to us, your report will be taken seriously, handled sensitively and could lead to decades behind bars for the offender."         

About consent   

Sex without consent is rape. There is no place for ambiguity, presumption or pressure.

Sexual consent relies on the person having freedom and capacity to agree to sexual activity.

  • Consent cannot be implied, assumed or ambiguous.
  • Consent is not the absence of objection; someone does not have to say “no”
  • Consent for one thing does not imply consent for anything else.
  • Consent one day does not mean consent for another day.
  • Being married or in a relationship does not entitle you to sex.
  • Consent is not implied by clothing, attitude or behaviour.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Someone drunk or on drugs may not have capacity to consent.
  • Someone who is unconscious cannot consent.
  • Consent given after being bullied, pestered, intimidated or threatened is not consent.

Tea and consent 

  • People who had a cup of tea once, don’t necessarily want tea again. You don’t pour it down their throat saying, “you wanted tea last night!”
  • People who aren’t sure if they want tea, are not obliged to drink the tea just because you made it.
  • People may say yes to tea, then change their mind.
  • People who said yes to a tea with milk, are not saying yes to a tea with milk and five sugars.
  • People aren’t obliged to have a cup of tea because their partner is asking them to.
  • People are not implying that they want a cup of tea by their clothing, attitude or behaviour.
  • People who are intoxicated may not have capacity to decide or communicate if they want the tea or not.
  • Finally… unconscious people don’t want tea.

Don’t make people drink tea. It may sound ludicrously obvious in the context of tea. This animation cleverly compares consenting to a cup of tea to sexual consent, therefore holding up some of the misconceptions for ridicule.    

Copyright 2015 Emmeline May, rockstardinosaurpirateprincess.com and Rachel Brian blueseatstudios.com.

Social media 

We will be using social media to promote the campaign. Please help spread the message by sharing our posts on Facebook and retweeting on Twitter using our hashtag #GetConsent

Have you been affected? 

A vital part of the campaign is about building trust and confidence in victims and highlighting the channels available who offer support. These agencies can help you regardless of if you decide to report your assault to Police. For more information see our advice section on rape and sexual assault.  

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17 Sep 19 8:45 AM

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