Prosecutors Given New Advice Over Dating Apps
- Prosecutors in England and Wales are being given new guidance over nude selfies and dating apps in rape and sexual assault cases
- Guidelines for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers have been fully updated for the first time in eight years and include advice on challenging assumptions over victims sharing naked pictures or having met their attacker via a so-called hook-up app
- The legal guidance, which comes into effect on 1st November, includes a list of 39 myths and stereotypes that prosecutors should be prepared to challenge when bringing a case to court
- The list of false statements includes “If you send sexual images or messages prior to meeting someone, then having sex is inevitable” and “If you meet men online or through hook-up apps you want sex and should be ready to offer sex”
- Siobhan Blake, the rape lead for the CPS, said explicit photos and use of such apps should not be taken as “blanket consent” for sexual contact.
- She said: “The critical issue is around consent and the giving and understanding of consent…in essence, a person can send a naked selfie, for instance, one day, that is not any sort of blanket consent to a sexual encounter on another day.”