Giving Kiss Without Consent Is Rape – Police
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has been dragged on social media after a tweet which read “If you bump into that special someone under the mistletoe tonight, remember that without consent it is rape #SeasonsGreetings”, was posted on its Twitter handle with 159,000 followers.
The tweet which drew criticism on Saturday, with hundreds mocking the force for ‘trivializing’ rape. Here are some comments from the force’s followers;
However the Police Force pulled down the tweet after they were contacted by MailOnline. In a new message, posted this morning, the PSNI wrote:
“We posted a message on Twitter yesterday that some may have taken out of context but the message remains the same; when you are out socialising over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape.”
This is however not the first time PSNI has faced backlash for social media postings, about sexual violence. In March the Newry and Mourne division posted an image of a distressed woman under the caption ‘without consent it is rape’ and a message warning people not to ‘overindulge’.