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Rape and Sexual Assault

  • Sex without consent is rape, which is a serious crime with serious consequences. A conviction for rape means prison.
  • Just because a woman has been drinking, is dressed in a certain way and may have already engaged in some level of intimacy with you (such as kissing) if she doesn't actively consent to sex, it's rape.
  • A woman has the right to say no at any point. And if there's any question over whether she has drunk too much to give consent, you should assume she hasn't given it. If she hasn't consented and you still have sex with her, it's rape.
  • Any form of unwanted sexual touching is a crime, whether or not it leads to rape .
  • The police will thoroughly investigate all incidents of rape and sexual assault that are reported to them.
  • If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault, it is important that you get help and support. You do not need to report it to the police if you don't want to - there are other agencies that can help.
  • Rape can happen to men too. The police will treat all reports of sexual assault sensitively and seriously but if you would prefer to talk to someone else, agencies such as the NRICC and Serenity can provide the support you need.

  • What is rape?


A man commits rape if he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with their penis without consent.

What is sexual assault?

A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent.

What is a serious sexual assault?

Assault by penetration - a person commits assault by penetration if they intentionally penetrate the vagina or anus of another person with a part of the body or anything else, without their consent.

 

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