Cops prompt fury with rape tweet

Monday, 04 December 2017, 09:38:48 PM. COPS have suffered an online backlash after sending out a muddled tweet in an attempt to warn people about sexual consent.

PSNI have been accused of trivialising the serious crime.

COPS have suffered an online backlash after sending out a muddled tweet in an attempt to warn people about sexual consent.

Police Service Northern Ireland wrote on their Twitter account earlier this week that: “If you bump into that special someone under the mistletoe tonight, remember that without consent it is rape.”

Police tweet rape warning at Christmas Source: Twitter

Social media users hit out at the force saying it was unclear whether they were referring to kissing specifically or socialising in general.

One said: “Bumping into someone, under the mistletoe, is now considered rape? Why do you trivialise such a serious issue with such a nonsense tweet?”

Today the force attempted to clarify the matter but appeared to be unsuccessful.

They said: “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.”

PSNI have been accused of trivialising the serious crime. Source: istock

A user called Dave Smith replied: “I need consent to socialise? Who knew? Maybe get someone on your social media who has a grasp of the English language.”

Another said: “Since when did a kiss under the mistletoe turn into rape? Get a grip, and start being thief takes again not half arsed SJWs [social justice warriors].”

Jennifer Cobbe wrote: “’Please remember that sex without consent is rape.’ See? Not difficult. Yet you’ve messed it up twice now.”

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This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with consent.

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