Controversial app to leave ‘in writing’ that there will be consensual sex
The proposal of a police chief to create a mobile application that records consent before having sex has caused controversy in Australia. Feminist and academic groups accuse the officer of ‘naive’.
Mick Fuller, commissioner of the Australian state of New South Wales, suggested that a mobile application, in which people express their mutual agreement to have sex, could be used to fight the increase in reports of sexual assault.
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“The sexual violence against women is a real problem for which we have to find a solution. We must face it, either through technology, education or through other ideas, “he explained in a press conference published by the local channel ‘ABC News Australia’.
Fuller indicated that of the 15,000 complaints for sexual abuse filed in 2020, in New South Wales, only 10% end up in court and a smaller number end up with the guilt of the accused. This is because the authorities need explicit tests that there was no sexual consent by one of the parties.
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Therefore, for the policeman, the app could be the solution. “Do I see the app as a tool for us and for the press? No, I want it to stop the problem, to minimize the possibility that women in vulnerable situations are victims of sexual assault, ”he said.
However, groups feminists, academics and opposition politicians have expressed their rejection to the idea of the mobile application. Professor Catherine Lumby, from the University of Sydney, described the idea as “naive” and specified that it would be “easy to manipulate” or intimidate the victim to seal their consent, in statements to the public channel ‘ABC’.
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Peter Murphy, a human rights defender, stated on his Twitter account that the ‘consent app’ is another way to empower men, rather than protect women.
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Finally, Green Party regional legislator Jenny Leong rejected the idea and he said that “a reform of the consent law is needed, a complete education, to prevent men from feeling that they have the right to whatever they want, we need an independent complaints process, we need justice. We need equality, but we don’t need an app!“.
On the subject, last Monday, March 15, thousands of women took to the streets of Australia to demonstrate against the gender inequality and criticize the Government for its management in the face of recent reports of sexual abuse in the spheres of Parliament.
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* With information from EFE