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How do you know someone’s consenting to have sex?
11:20am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A NEW campaign launched in Oxford aims to spread a message about what sexual consent means in practice.
The campaign, which is costing Oxford City Council £20,000, coincides with the arrival in the city of thousands of new university students.
The idea could be rolled out across the county and Thames Valley if more funding becomes available.
The initiative, developed by Oxford Safer Communities Partnership, Thames Valley Probation, Oxford Sexual Assault and the Rape Crisis Centre, is aimed at 14- to 25-year-olds.
Posters will be displayed in schools, bus stops, student unions and clubs – and on beer mats in pubs.
The website – checkconsent.com – includes a checklist of what constitutes agreeing to a sexual encounter.
Rowan Honeysett-Williams and girlfriend Ella Hawkins, both 18, from Upton, near Didcot, helped launch the campaign yesterday.
Mr Honeysett-Williams said: “There needs to be clarity and understanding.
“People don’t understand that they even need consent to touch someone else as otherwise it is a sexual assault.”
The campaign will run until mid November.
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