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Have you got the green light for consent?

  • New City campaign launches to highlight need for consent

  • It’s as simple as a cup of tea – see the short video

  • The message? Always make sure you get consent

From Monday (21 August 2017), the City of London Police is asking that simple question to ensure everyone knows when they have sexual consent – and when they do not.

Sex without consent is rape – and we will be taking to the streets of the Square Mile to speak to the public and help spread the message.


Consent: It’s as simple as a cup of tea

Understanding consent is simple and this short video featured on our website explains why.

Responsibility for rape rests solely with the perpetrator. The below attributes do not automatically mean consent to sex.

We have also set up a dedicated webpage featuring this video. Elsewhere on the page, we’ve included tips on what consent means, how to obtain consent, as well as ‘myth-busting’ some of the common misconceptions – such as, the idea that someone acting or dressing a certain way may mean they were “asking for it.”

What is sexual consent?

Sexual consent is where a person has the freedom to agree to sexual activity. It is vital the person instigating sex makes sure their partner is participating freely and readily. To have sex without consent is to commit rape.


What is not sexual consent?

  • Dating, flirting, kissing or being friendly or intimate does not mean consent.

  • Consenting in the past or being in a relationship does not mean consent is automatically given in the future.

  • Being married or in a relationship does not mean automatic consent.

  • Both parties have to agree to sex. When someone is asleep or unconscious they cannot give consent. Someone on drugs or too drunk to make decisions doesn’t have the mental capacity to give consent.

  • If someone is on drugs or is too drunk to consent, stop. Wait until they are sober and ask again.


Sex without consent is rape

Rape happens to people of all genders and sexualities. About 92 percent of victims are women and eight percent are men. Most rapes occur between people who know each other in some way.

In 2016-17, we recorded 70 incidents of rape and sexual assault. Of these, 16 were rapes committed within the City of London, with another 24 reported to us in the first instance before being investigated by other police forces. Of the 16 rape offences which took place in the Square Mile, consent was the central issue in 12 of them – 75 percent.

The message? Always make sure you get consent.


Detective Inspector Anna Rice from the City of London Police Public Protection Unit (PPU) said:

“It would be easy to assume that everyone knows that having sex without consent is rape, and that it doesn’t need explaining, but sadly this is often not borne out by the cases we deal with.

“We’re fortunate in the City that, statistically, rape is rare, but when it does happen it is devastating for the victim.

“Rape happens to people of all genders and sexualities, often between people who know each other in some way.

“Together we can stop rape by ensuring everyone knows when they have sexual consent – and when they do not.”


What’s happening?

Officers from the City of London Police will be at train stations across the City including Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Cannon St, City Thameslink stations at the below times with branded materials and to speak to members of the public about the campaign:

  • Monday (21) - 7.15am - 9am

  • Tuesday (22) - 12pm-2pm

  • Wednesday (23) - 7.15am - 9am

  • Thursday (24) - 6pm-9pm - pubs across the City


About us

The City of London Police Public Protection Unit (PPU) is made up of specially-trained officers, who are able to help, advise and investigate reports or rape and sexual offences. To speak to an officer call 0207 601 2940 from 8am to 6pm, Monday and Friday. To report a crime or speak to police outside of these hours, please call 101. In emergencies, please call 999.

For more information on support agencies which can assist and provide relevant advice, visit our dedicated Have You Got The Green Light webpage, or follow our tweets from @CityPolice with the hashtag #haveyougotthegreenlight.


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