REDDITCH students are the target of a police campaign this Autumn as thousands of youngsters head off to college and university.
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are re-launching their Stop Rape Now campaign which encourages freshers to have open conversations about rape and sexual offences whilst informing students about the complex issues around consent.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Davies, who is the alliance tactical lead on rape and serious sexual offences, said: “The prospect of heading off to college and university is an exciting time for many young adults and we are keen to ensure their time there is fun and fulfilling.
The Detective Chief Inspector added consent must be acquired every time sexual activity occurs and can be withdrawn at any time.
He said: “This means that if someone initially gives you their consent they can change their mind at any point and any activity which occurs after this is a crime.”
Stop Rape Now aims to challenge such common misconceptions and to reinforce that that sex without consent is rape – irrespective of the circumstances.
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police view rape and all sexual offences, including any unwanted sexual touching, as a crime and all reports will be taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated by specially trained officers who will treat all victims with care and sensitivity.
Visit http://www.stoprapenow.co.uk/1904 for more information and tweet #stoprapenow to support the campaign.