/ 19 March 2021

Consent not given on app suggestion

One of Australia’s top cop’s suggestion to use a phone app to record sexual consent fell flat yesterday. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller suggested an app could normalise the act of seeking explicit consent and achieve better legal outcomes for survivors of rape. But women’s advocates say that consent could be superseded simply if someone changed their mind, while others say it could protect perpetrators of sexual crimes. Even Fuller said it could be “the worst idea I have all year”, but a discussion about consent was important. A similar app was released in Denmark earlier this year, but it reportedly hasn’t been widely adopted with less than 5,000 downloads.

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