We live in a horrifying culture where it seems we actually need to teach men not to rape. It’s absurd that this is even an issue, but it’s true. I was listening to a podcast recently by This American Life on the issue. In the podcast, the host visited a workshop at a university on the topic of consent. Men were told that they always require consent and that consent was a persistent and enthusiastic Yes to having sex. I was horrified by what followed. The workshop ended, unresolved by the countless men asking questions about this basic act of getting consent for sex, it was just a boys club of men who simply could not get their head around the idea. Perhaps it’s a good thing then that Police Scotland has launched its latest campaign to educate young men in Scotland about rape.
In the press statement, Police Scotland announced a video, which will be shown after the watershed (after 9PM) on television in Scotland. It is also available as a YouTube video (see above) to share on social media. The fact is, we live in a culture where too many men find the issue of consent and rape a grey area. This advertising campaign and the accompanying microsite, wecanstopit.co.uk, will hopefully be one small step on the way to solving this problem.
The campaign will also feature posters in toilets around the nation – posters that once again beg the question, why do we even need to explain this stuff?!