Rape Suspects Must Prove Victim Said 'Yes'

In the U.K, "no means no", will no longer be enough to help victims of rape.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said that it's time to make a change in how rape victims are being treated in situations where they were unable to give consent.

Alison Saunders

In the past, the slogan for rape was, "no means no". However, when victims are under the influence or in a position where they are too afraid to say 'no', they still need to be protected.

Saunders told Telegraph, "It is not a crime to drink, but it is a crime for a rapist to target someone who is no longer capable of consenting to sex..."

Now, those accused of rape will have to prove that their victim said "yes", in order to not be convicted.

Saunders said that women should be able to consent freely and knowingly, and in an attempt to move the legal system into the 21st century, police are going to have to ask, "how did the suspect know the complainant was saying yes and doing so freely and knowingly?"

There are also other scenarios which may prevent a women from giving consent. These include situations where a suspect has a position of power over the victim, and domestic violence situations where the victim is financially dependent on their rapist.

In the UK, around 85,000 women are victims of rape each year, and 90% know their attacker.

No longer will a victim be required to adamantly say "no" to prevent a rapist from taking advantage. Instead, it will be the suspect who will have to prove the victim said, "yes".

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