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Consent app: NSW Police chief’s radical idea to reduce the number of sexual assaults

A new South Wales Police Force commissioner, Mick Fuller, has revealed on social media an app that allows couples to establish and record mutual consent before having sex.

Fuller believes that this idea could be part of a puzzle in tackling the increase in sexual assault in the country.

Despite the increase in cases, the rate of reports and convictions of such crimes is declining.

“Sex and consent conversations seem to be fixed in the 1950s and are clearly not working,” Fuller wrote in an opinion piece published in The. The Daily Telegraph..

He believes that the Consent app can normalize conversations about consent and formalize the habit of actively seeking consent.

“There is no implicit consent. We need positive consent. How do we do that in this era? One option is technology,” says Fuller.

“People say,’How romantic is it?’ But think about the number of people who are looking for friendship and love online. Technology and dating are not foreign to us.”

On today’s show, he acknowledged that the app could pose a challenge, such as if someone agrees and then withdraws.

Other countries are trying similar ideas. In Denmark, for example, a consent app was introduced and the definition of rape was extended to include sex without explicit consent.

But this idea has been panned by many on social media who say it doesn’t solve the problem.

Activist Chanel Contos — Who has rUnveiled Thousands of Suspected Sexual Assaults in Australian Schools —Agree to news.com.au The app has “unmarked”.

She said she could have the app say “agree” using the same methods that people use to force others into sexual activity. This makes it even more difficult to prove cases of sexual assault later.

media_cameraNew South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has proposed a consent app. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw

“It’s also important to emphasize that consent is dynamic. It can be removed at any time and can change within minutes,” she said.

For example, after someone agrees to have sex with a partner, they may be forced into an unpleasant position or type of sex. In other words, a full agreement on the app is meaningless.

Contos said factors such as alcohol make the app’s process even more ambiguous.

“I don’t think it’s a terrible idea. I like the police thinking positively about this, but it doesn’t remove social pressure from the victim. The power to force the victim into sex is in the app. It’s just reflected. “She said.

Chanel Contos says the app hasn't reached the root cause of the problem.Image provided
media_cameraChanel Contos says the app hasn’t reached the root cause of the problem.Image provided

“This is just a band-aid solution and does not solve a major problem that can only be achieved by empowering people about positive consent through education.”

At today’s show this morning, Fuller said the app couldn’t be expected to solve consent issues on its own, but could be a particularly useful tool for online connections.

“If you’re online, dating, or looking for friendship, you have to do that in advance in terms of what your expectations from a relationship are,” he says. I did.

“Does this solve the whole problem? No, it’s not. If we continue to tip to minimize the chance of seeing more victims in this space, we win. I think we are on the road to becoming.

“I don’t know how long this has been going on. I know there have been changes in the way we meet and date people, and technology plays a big role in that.

“We are still learning about damage in this area. We are learning every day, but we know that there were 15,000 casualties last year and more casualties next year. I think we have to do more to stop that increase. “

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