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Busting myths around rape

As part of the continued focus on the perception of rape the States of Jersey Police is releasing its latest Myth a Month video; this time concentrating on the subject of sexual consent.

Over the past year The States of Jersey Police have done a lot of work in the community and in schools around the subject of consent, as almost every indecent assault or rape that is dealt with has consent is the crux of the matter.

Every month the Force is challenging another common myth around the topic of rape and sexual violence and replacing it with what the real picture is.

The initiative is part of the Force’s long term rape campaign entitled “Ask. Listen. Respect” which aims to educate the public, as well as encouraging victims to come forward.

Via the States of Jersey Police website, social media and with the help of the mainstream media, islanders will be given details of myths and the truth.

The 4th video centres around the myth –

When it comes to sex girls say 'No' but they really mean 'Yes'

When in fact -

- It’s simple - if two people want to have sex with each other it should be something that they both agree and consent to.

Chief Inspector Alison Fossey, who is leading the campaign, said: “The law is clear; sex without voluntary consent is rape, and we need to make sure the public understand that.”

“We want to remind people that Sexual activity should not take place unless both parties have freely given consent, and consent is understood by both parties.”

“If someone is impaired due to alcohol or drugs, whether male or female, that person is deemed incapable of consenting, and it would therefore be classed as rape. If consent is given under duress, then it is not given freely or willingly, and thatwould also be classed as rape. Silence does also not mean consent.”

“We hope this ‘Myth a Month campaign’ will raise public awareness and play a valuable role in allowing people to understand what rape actually is. By discussing this as a community we can help those affected to recognise that it was not their fault.”

For more information around the topic of rape and where to get help, visit our BeSafe - Sexual Violence section of our website. 

 

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