New ‘Tea And Consent’ Video Explains Sexual Consent In The Most British Way

Rob Waugh

What is sexual consent? How do you know when someone has consented?

It’s a big problem - and one that is often at the centre of rape cases.

Thames Valley Police has created a video which explains the thorny issue in terms all of us can understand.

The police have compared it to drinking a cup of tea.

The video says, ‘Maybe they were conscious when you asked them if they wanted tea, and they said “yes”. But in the time it took you to boil the kettle, brew the tea and add the milk they are now unconscious …

‘Don’t make them drink the tea. They said ‘yes’ then, sure, but unconscious people don’t want tea.’

Detective Chief Inspector Justin Fletcher said: ‘The law is very clear. Sex without consent is rape. Awareness of what sexual consent means and how to get it is vital.

‘The campaign is just one of the ways in which Thames Valley police has been working with our partners within Thames Valley Sexual Violence Prevention Group to support people affected by sexual assault and rape.’