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The UK Has Finally Outlawed The ‘Rough Sex’ Defence That Allowed Perpetrators To Cover Up Their Sexual Assault By Calling It ‘Rough Sex Gone Wrong’.

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Different people have different preferences in life, especially when it comes to having sex. Some people like the old and classic love-making, with candles and hushed whispers, while others may go for a little more intense and rough action in the sheets, including spanking and intense moaning. And as much as people would like to think otherwise, women have an appetite for both. We’re not always all vanilla, and there are times when rough sex does excite us too. But the thing is, that is only when rough sex means more passion and hair holding and not strangulation and being beaten to death. A loophole many men have exploited in the UK to get themselves off the hook after they sexually assaulted a woman.

As bad as it may sound, it is true that most men (if not all) will say or do just about anything to first weasel their way into our pants, and then out of our pants if a a situation doesn’t pan out the way they had planned it. We are talking about the perpetrators here who have often sexually assaulted their partners or victims, and blamed their death on a defence that calls for their “sex games gone wrong”.

But after years of assaulters being able to get off the crime they committed by presenting this cruel and manipulative defence in the UK, it has finally been outlawed. A defence that up until recently was valid in the court of law and provided respite to perpetrators. People accused of sexual assault would use this law to reduce their murder sentence by claiming that their victim died due to injuries from consensual rough sex – a law that has been misused considerably. It has finally been revoked by the efforts of a campaign by an organisation called We Can’t Consent To This (WCCTT).

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A campaign that gained momentum after the two brutal murders of Natalie Connolly in 2016 and Grace Millane in 2018 took place and the offenders walked free because of this defence. And not just this, but over 7 out of the 17 cases that were tried in court with the same defence were won on this loophole, one that’s startlingly stupid and was being abused for the leeway it provided.

The new judgement rules that it was “unconscionable” for such a defence to be used to justify killing a woman just because she consented to have sex. And so, Justice Minister Alex Chalk ascertained that the accused shall from now be  “pursued rigorously through the courts to seek justice.”

This judgement also opened a strong dialogue on consent and issued the elementary difference between sexual assault and rough sex. While there are women who are involved BDSM and rough sex shenanigans, knowing when to stop and respecting the woman’s consent becomes  instrumental in the situation and must not be violated. Consent to have sex, must not be mistaken for consent to have rough sex, and definitely not be used to harm her fatally. And women own the right to withdraw that consent at any point, a valid argument to present in the court of law as well.

A landmark move in the UK for the women, hoping to bring justice to all those women whose deaths were manipulated to let their killers go free. Seems like finally some agency for women would be restored, letting the perpetrators know they can’t walk away from their crimes any longer.

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