DO YOU KNOW THE LAW?
One night out could lead to losing your job, respect from your friends and family and gaining a criminal record.
The law says that a woman must agree to sex by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice. This means that you must gain consent. You are responsible for making sure that your partner wants to have sex or engage in any sexual activity.
This means that if a woman is too drunk to give consent, then you must assume that she hasn’t given it and you must not take it any further. If you continue without consent, then it's rape.
If you are accused of rape, then you must show that you reasonably believed that consent had been given by the other person.
Rape carries the maximum sentence of life imprisonment. But even if you don’t receive the full sentence, the conviction will remain with you for the rest of your life and you’ll be placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
Did you know that flashing or exposure could result in two years in prison?
If you touch someone inappropriately in a sexual manner, and the person doesn’t consent, then the maximum punishment could be up to ten years in prison.
There's more to lose than your freedom
If you are convicted of rape or sexual assault, then you will potentially face a prison sentence and a criminal conviction. The maximum term for rape is up to life imprisonment. Even if you don’t receive the full sentence, then the conviction could stay with you for life.
Your boss will find out, and you will have to declare it every time you apply for a new job.
Your friends and family will know, and you will lose respect and trust from those close to you.