A new survey of attitudes to rape and sexual violence published today (6 December) reveals:
- A third (33%) of people in Britain think it isn’t usually rape if a woman is pressured into having sex but there is no physical violence
- A third of men think if a woman has flirted on a date it generally wouldn’t count as rape, even if she hasn’t explicitly consented to sex (compared with 21% of women)
- A third of men also believe a woman can’t change her mind after sex has started
- Almost a quarter (24%) think that sex without consent in long-term relationships is usually not rape (1)
- ‘Stealthing’: 40% think it is never or usually not rape to remove a condom without a partner’s consent
- Around one in 10 people aren’t sure or think it usually or definitely isn’t rape if a man has sex with a woman who is very drunk or asleep.
- Generation divide: More than a third (35%) of over 65s we asked think that in most cases isn’t rape to have non-consenting sex with your wife or partner, compared to just 16% of 16-24s. 42% of over 65s generally think that in most cases if a woman changes her mind halfway through but the sex continues, it isn’t rape compared with just 22% of the 25-49s