1. The “We Can Stop It” anti-rape campaign, recently launched by Police Scotland, has a clear message: Sex without consent is rape.
The campaign’s posters feature statements from men which firmly acknowledge that sex without consent, in all circumstances, is rape.
The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 states that rape occurs when a person intentionally or recklessly penetrates another person’s vagina, anus, or mouth with their penis, where the victim does not consent and the person responsible has no reasonable belief that the victim is giving consent.
Unlike many anti-rape campaigns that place the onus of preventing rape on victims, this campaign “challenges men to think about their actions — and the consequences,” the Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Major Crime and Public Protection, told STV News.
The act defines consent as “free agreement.” It provides a list of circumstances where consent is deemed to be absent:
Where the victim is incapable of consenting because of the effect of alcohol or any other substance.
Where the victim is asleep or unconscious.
Where the victim agrees or submits to the conduct because of violence or threats of violence used against them, or any other person.