In the year ending March 2005, the total number of sexual offences recorded by police in England and Wales was 60,900 – a 17% rise over the previous year.
Home office have launched an advertising campaign warning men that they could go to jail for rape if they have sex without consent.
The campaign follows the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which established – for the first time – a clear definition and new responsibilities around consent. Put simply, rape and other sexual assaults are sexual acts carried out without the consent of one of the people involved. Consent means making an active decision to say yes, an assumption of consent is not enough.
The Home Office is the Government department responsible for ensuring we live in a safe, just and tolerant society. They are responsible for the police in England and Wales, national security, the justice system and immigration.