Jersey Police says anti-rape campaign 'has to be tough'

Back of police van showing advert
Image caption Stuart Gull said the message had to be clear for the point to be understood

Jersey police has said the message behind a new anti-rape campaign needs to be tough, despite concerns it is too explicit for young people to see.

Two police vans have have been adorned with images of men and messages about sexual consent.

It has prompted complaints on the online group Mums in Jersey and on the force's Facebook page.

Det Supt Stuart Gull said he understood the concern, but said the message had to be clear.

'Challenging and difficult'

He said: "I can see the point of view and we have had a number of views on our own Facebook page, but I have to say the majority have been supportive.

"What I recognise is this is a controversial subject, challenging and difficult to debate, but that doesn't mean it is something we should shy away from.

"We have no intention of offending anybody and I'm pleased people are talking about it."

The advertisements are on the back of two police vans in a space usually reserved for safer driving messages.

One van says: "I know when she's asleep it's a no, do you?" The other says: "I'm the kind of guy who doesn't have sex with a girl when she's too drunk, are you?"

They both end with the strap-line "sex without consent is rape".

Natalie Standen, from Mum's in Jersey, said the new adverts were too explicit to be seen by young children.

She said she agreed with the campaign, but did not think the side of vehicles was the right place to put them.

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