Our thanks to Tim for this. I may possibly have changed a few key words in the Telegraph piece, in the blog title. From the article:
Women who wake up in a man’s bed with no recollection of the night before should seek advice from a rape counsellor, the Director of Public Prosecutions has said.
Alison Saunders, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service, said it was important for women to speak to a professional adviser to establish if they had been the victim of a sexual offence.
The article is fairly depressing, despite Alison Saunders cracking a rare joke:
It’s not for the man to prove his innocence, it’s for us to prove his guilt.
Ms Saunders is clearly troubled by the very notion of male victims of sexual abuse:
Mrs Saunders also said Scotland Yard had “overstepped the mark” by describing the claims of a witness who claims he was sexually abused by VIPs as “credible and true”.
The article refers to ‘myths and stereotypes’ around rape, despite the only ones I’m aware of having originated from radical feminists such as Ms Saunders and those working in the rape crisis industry.
Mrs Saunders’ comments came as the CPS launched a new social media campaign encouraging members of the public to contribute their definitions of consent – under the hashtag #ConsentIs – in conjunction with groups including Rape Crisis and the End Violence against Women Coalition.
The law already states consent must be given fully and freely, but the new guidance told officers to look at a wider context.
For example, it said behaviour such as staying silent or using contraception did not indicate a partner had given consent to intercourse.
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