Sex without consent is rape, whatever the circumstances.

In a significant proportion of rape convictions in Scotland, perpetrators have appeared unclear regarding what constitutes sex. It is essential for men of all ages to understand that if a person does not, or is unable to give consent to sexual activity for whatever reason – whether they are asleep or incapacitated due to the effects of alcohol or drugs – then this is rape.

Rape is a difficult subject to talk about but it’s only through raising awareness that attitudes will change. Most rapes are perpetrated by someone known to the victim. Being in any form of relationship, whether it’s a first date or long term partnership, does not give the right to sex without consent. If there is any doubt about whether the person you’re with is consenting, don’t have sex.

Tackling rape is a priority for Police Scotland - we are committed to working with partners to encourage survivors of rape and sexual crimes to report offences, and will seek justice for victims by taking action against perpetrators.


Without consent it's not sex, it's rape