She didn’t say ‘no’: communicating sexual consent.

Gray, Jacqueline M. and Costa, Ana (2008) She didn’t say ‘no’: communicating sexual consent. In: Psychology of Women Section 21st anniversary conference, 16 to 18 July 2008, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor.

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It has been shown that women rarely say ‘no’ when refusing sexual intercourse, but instead use either non-verbal or indirect verbal refusals. Whilst it is claimed that men find this to be confusing, research indicates that they do understand these refusals, suggesting that the defence to rape that the perpetrator believed that the victim consented is spurious. Legislative changes to the English and Welsh law on rape mean that the defendant’s belief in consent to sexual intercourse must be ‘reasonable’. As the verdict is decided by a jury it is important to understand what the public considers to be reasonable, and to determine whether there is a shared understanding. This presentation reports findings from a preliminary interview-based study conducted in a UK university. Participants considered what behaviours exhibited by women in various situations would be reasonably considered to constitute consent to sex or a lack thereof. The findings are discussed in relation to policy, practice and further research.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas:A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
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