Campaigners have recently revealed that an alarming proportion of adults in Great Britain remain confused about what constitutes rape. According to the third person surveyed for the End Violence Against Women coalition said that there had to be physical violence for it to be a rape. A 21% of females and third of males said it would not usually be considered rape if a woman had flirted on a date.
EVAW said the responses of the 3,922 people surveyed shows that myths about rape are still very common. It also added that the Law is unequivocal-rape is sex without consent-but many people appear unable to identify that certain behaviour amount to an offence.
As per the EVAW said younger respondents to the survey held views that are more closely aligned with the law. It said that the vast majority of reports to police are about rape within relationships. Pollsters for You Gov found more than a third of over- 65s do not regard non-consensual sex in marriage or a relationship as rape, compared with 16% of people aged 16 to 24. However, 42% of over 65s said if sexual activity continues after a woman changes her mind it is not rape, compared with 22% of the 25-49s.
According to the Survey, carried out online in September, it found:-
6% of people say it is not raped if a woman is very drunk or asleep, with a further 5% saying they are unsure of the law on this.
Stealthing: removing a condom without a partner consent is not understood as rape, with 19% of people thinking this is never rape, and 21% think this would not normally be rape.
Respondents 11% believe the more sexual partners a woman has, the less harm she will experience from a rape.
In September Figures Published in the Crown Prosecution Service Violence Against Women And Girls, highlighted that in England and Wales in 2017-2018 a 23.1% fall in the number of defendants charged with rape, compared with the previous year, and a conviction rate of 36%.
EVAM co-director, Rachel Krys added “ These figures are alarming because they show that a huge proportion of UK adults, who make up juries in rape trials, are still very unclear about what rape is. Confusion and myths about rape are still very common and this could explain why it’s hard for juries to make fair decisions if they do not understand or agree with laws on rape”