What can you do to help stop rape?
1. Take responsibility ... »

Find out about the law regarding rape and understand that no matter what the circumstances are, sex without consent is rape.

If there is any doubt about whether the person you’re with is consenting, don’t have sex.

2. Respect your sexual partner ... »

Listen to the other person and treat them with respect – effective communication is key to healthy sexual relationships. It’s important to talk to your partner and listen to their wishes.

Any kind of sexual act must be consensual – both partners should agree to it and be happy with it.

3. Question your own attitudes ... »

Consider the messages you hear about how men should act and think about your own actions, attitudes and behaviours.

Understand that behaviour, such as pub chat about a woman ‘asking for it’ because of what she is wearing, can perpetuate harmful attitudes towards sexism and sexual violence.

Work towards positively changing attitudes. Choose what kind of guy you want to be.

4. Stand up for your beliefs ... »

It’s easy to look the other way or keep quiet about your opinions. Don’t. Challenge attitudes that disturb you. For example, if a friend makes a joke about rape, tell them it’s not funny. More often than not you’ll find others share your opinion.

5. Be proactive ... »

If you’re with friends and become aware of a situation developing, don’t stay silent. For example where one or both parties are too drunk to have consensual sex, go and have a quiet word with your friend. It might feel awkward and difficult to intervene, but you are looking out for them in what could potentially be a risky situation.

Also, if you see a similar situation arising outwith your group of friends, tell someone in authority, for example a bartender or door steward.

6. Be supportive ... »

If you know or suspect someone close to you has been abused or sexually assaulted, gently ask if you can help, offer them your support and encourage them to contact the police. There are also a range of support organisations which can help.

7. Speak up ... »

If you know someone is abusing their partner, don’t ignore it. If you feel able to do so, talk to them and urge them to seek help. There are many support organisations that can offer advice.

You can report abuse by contacting your local police office or anonymously via Crimestoppers. In an emergency always dial 999.

8. Get involved ... »

Support the campaign.

Display ‘we can stop it’ posters in your college, university or workplace – contact us for materials
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Tell us why you support the campaign – we are always looking for fresh testimonials
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Rape is a difficult subject to talk about but it’s only through raising awareness that attitudes will change.

Sex without consent is rape. We can stop it.

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Rape. Are you the type of guy who understands what this really means?

In Scotland the law relating to rape has recently changed. It now concentrates more on what ‘consent’ means and the fact consent can be withdrawn at any time. In addition, sexual attacks on men have been legally classed as ‘rape’ for the very first time.

The ‘we can stop it’ campaign has been launched by Police Scotland partially to raise awareness of these changes. However, more importantly, it asks you to take responsibility for your knowledge and pride in your attitude.

We believe together we can stop rape. Do you?
Sex without consent IS rape