As the sexual assault mania continues we have Consent app proposed by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller to address growing rate of sexual assaults, link, which even the ABC is not on board with, and that’s saying something, as they very leadingly start off the piece with:
A proposal by one of Australia’s top police officers to use phone apps to record sexual consent has been branded “naive”.
Congratulations NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, you utter sad sack weasel, you turned the young feminists at the ABC off.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the country needed to modernise ideas around “positive consent” where consent is “active and ongoing throughout a sexual encounter”.
“Intimate violence particularly against women is a real problem crime for us at the moment and we need to find a solution,”
Commissioner Fuller, regarding whom this site will firmly reject any baseless speculation about his personal life or browsing and downloads history, acknowledged the app might be:
“the worst idea I have all year“
But said “Covid” had shown the importance of adopting technological solutions.
“If someone told me two years ago that we would have to sign in our phones every time we sat down at a restaurant, I would’ve laughed at them. Whether the app floats or not, I think it’s irrelevant… I think it’s about understanding that this crime is on the increase … and we need to confront it whether that’s through technology or education and training or through other ideas.”
A large part of the drive here is the constant quoting of this statistic: 15,000 women made a complaint of sexual assault last year and only 2% of these reports led to court convictions, and Mick Fuller is right on it:
I’m certain of one thing; we can’t continue to see only a tiny percentage of reported sexual assaults result in successful prosecution.
If a woman is brave enough to come forward, she deserves justice.
There has to be a better way.
About the only systematic, long term, large sample size data we have for numbers of false allegations of rape, assualt, etc, come from the US military, which shows in recent years the number of reports found to be “unsubstantiated” was 1 in 4.
2% conviction rate from 15,000 reports – assuming these figures are correct – does seem rather low, for whatever reasons, but “If a woman is brave enough to come forward, she deserves justice” seems to assume that women don’t lie and don’t have feverish imaginations and very fluid fungible memories. (We all have weirdly behaving memory, what we think we remember is going to be entirely or substantially wrong sometimes, just a question as to whether women are more susceptible to this.)
Anyway, if you do end up overly fraternising with some random woman, then your phone may actually be useful. Before whatever disgusting deed you are going to do, turn your phone’s video recorder on, and put the phone where it will easily pick up audio. This may help if your lady friend has a case of the morning after regrets, or the next year regrets, or the next f*cking decade regrets, as you’ll at least have some sort of evidence that she did not object to anything auditorily (and make sure to loudly chat to her afterwards), as she is going to tell the police she said “No” or “Stop” (there is also an interesting question there about the difference between No and Stop, with the theory being that No can be ignored up to a point, because it means “try smarter/harder”, while Stop should be taken seriously immediately, but, legally they are the same). Back up any ‘video’ recordings on a drive or whatever, and keep them forever.