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Complainant Name:
Ms Heather Harvey

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Metro


Ms Heather Harvey, on behalf of Eaves for Women, complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which she considered to have misleadingly reported the basis for a High Court judgment concerning the law of rape and consent, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification, in the print edition and online:

Following our story "Sex with consent ‘can still be rape'" of April 25, we have been asked to make clear that the judgment of the High Court was specific to the facts of the case we reported. While a wife initially had not objected to sex, she was subsequently ‘deprived of choice' with the consequence that ‘her consent was negated' by the acts of her husband and his ‘abusive dominance'. The husband now faces prosecution for rape following the court's ruling that, if he deliberately ignored his wife's wish that he withdraw before ejaculation, she had not consented to sex.

Date Published: 09/07/2013

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