However, outdated laws, widespread myths, gender stereotypes and worrying attitudes towards consent perpetuate rape.

The facts about rape in Europe are staggering. Around 9 million women have been raped in the EU and at least 18 per cent of women in Central Asia have experienced physical or sexual violence. Rape is hugely under reported. Women fear not being believed and the stigma attached to it deters people from reporting it.

We aim to change the so called ‘rape culture’ that normalizes and even justifies rape in our societies.

We want to live in a society that is free from rape, where everyone understands sexual consent fully and everyone’s rights over their own body are respected and valued.

Consent should be straightforward. But it often brings up all sorts of difficult questions and emotions. A good way of understanding and working through these is to talk about them.

We want to demystify why it can be difficult, awkward, embarrassing, shameful, a turn-off, a turn-on, scary and confusing, to talk and think about sex and about consent.

In the end, in any conversation around consent, we must be clear: when it comes to sex, consent is everything and there are no blurred lines.
Get more involved and download the Activist Toolkit. It provides guidance and suggests ways to contribute to the campaign, for more people, especially young people, to talk about sexual consent, in a light-hearted and respectful way.
Violence against Women: Consent
What is the connection between sexual violence and human rights? How should states define rape and what are their obligations regarding allegations of rape? In this module, we follow the case of ‘E.B’, who sought justice when Romanian authorities failed to investigate her allegations of rape adequately.

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