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Sexting Has Nothing To Do With Consent (HuffPost)

Sexting Has Nothing To Do With Consent

The CPS’ failure to prosecute rape effectively is not because they got the tech wrong, but because of misogyny, writes Ann Olivarius.


What victims need and deserve is to be met with professionals who understand how harsh the impact can be of image-based sexual abuse and will focus on holding the perpetrator to account and mitigating the damage caused. Shifting the focus from irrelevant things the victims have done, worn or shared to whether or not consent was, or could have been, present is how we bridge the horrifying discrepancy between how many complaints the public brings to the police and how vanishingly few of those cases the CPS prosecutes. The CPS has made a start with these new guidelines and we welcome them, but the key word to remember is “consent”, not “tech”.