‘The police said it wasn’t rape it was rough sex’

“You can hear him saying, ‘you need to do this before I get angry with you, just do it.’ I’m literally screaming, I’m crying, I’m pulling away. And then he hits me really hard.” Six months later, Lucy says the police informed her they would be taking no further action in her case and it would not be passed onto the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) because of the “rough sex” defence. “The police said that in the other videos on my phone you could see we’d had consensual rough sex before and so my ex wouldn’t have known that I didn’t want it that time.”

The campaign group We Can’t Consent To This campaigned for the “rough sex” defence to be outlawed. They found that over the last decade, 60 women in the UK had been killed by men who claimed in court the women were “consenting” to the violence. In 45% of these cases, they found the defence led to a lesser charge such as manslaughter or no crime at all.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/e3662eca-ded4-4d31-b728-1553cef7eae8