Being convicted of a sexual offence can have far reaching negative consequences for the convicted person. Not only are the punishments severe, a prison sentence is very likely, but the convicted person may have their name added to the national sex offenders register and be required to provide personal details to their local police station, annually for up to 15 years, before they can apply to have their name taken off the register. They would also have to notify the police if they intended to travel abroad.
Consent is what separates sex and gestures of affection, from sexual assault. The complainant must have had the freedom and capacity to consent to the sexual activity and she or he must not have been coerced into taking part. In order to convict, the prosecution must prove that the accused did not have a reasonable belief that the victim was consenting. The question of consent and belief in consent may be complicated by one or both of the parties having drunk alcohol or taken drugs.
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