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Complainant Name:
Ms Heather Harvey

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Ms Heather Harvey, on behalf of Eaves for Women, complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article, published online only, 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 when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification, alongside the article online:

We are happy to clarify that the judgment was specific to the facts of this case. While the 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 who had a history of ‘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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