Consent and Assult in the UK

Statistics collected from the report “An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales” conducted in January 2013 by the Ministry of Justice, the Office for National Statistics and the Home Office (Source

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/214970/sexual-offending-overview-jan-2013.pdf)

 

1 in 5 women (aged 16-49) has experienced sexual assault in her lifetime

Over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year in England and Wales

Approximately 85,000 women are raped each year in England and Wales

“Females who had reported being victims of the most serious sexual offences in the last year were asked, regarding the most recent incident, whether or not they had reported the incident to the police. Only 15 per cent of victims of such offences said that they had done so. Frequently cited reasons for not reporting the crime were that it was ‘embarrassing’, they ‘didn’t think the police could do much to help’, that the incident was ‘too trivial or not worth reporting’, or that they saw it as a ‘private/family matter and not police business’”

 

This last point highlights exactly why it is essential that consent be made a part of our National Curriculum. Women are either too afraid or too embarrassed to report cases of assault. Cases where a woman has not given her consent are not trivial, and they are certainly worth reporting. Children in schools need to be educated that sexual contact is never ok without both parties giving their consent. If consent is made a part of the curriculum, young people will become more aware that if they are ever assaulted, it’s a serious issue, and should be treated as such.

If consent does become a part of the curriculum, we could see an improvement in the shocking figures above.1081991_148676381993851_1258938206_n

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