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Video: How sexual consent is much like offering a cup of tea

An animated video using the metaphor of offering tea is being circulated far and wide to clear the air on sexual consent once and for all.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
June 12, 2016 3:10:10 pm
Stanford rape case, Brock Turner, rape, sexual consent, consent and rape, viral videos Unconscious people don’t want tea. Similarly, unconscious people don’t want sex. (Source: Steve Raffner/YouTube)

A sexual assault case at one of the most prestigious American universities has sparked much debate and discussion on social media. The accused, Brock Turner’s light sentence and apology-but-not-apology has sparked widespread outrage. People have even signed a petition to have the judge – who gave Turner a light sentence – removed from bench.

The concept of consent is central to all discussion on sexual assault. A rather simple concept seems to ignite a lot of confusion as to the conditions and situations in which it applies. A British video made in 2015 – by Thames Valley Police – is now being widely circulated online, explaining sexual consent in terms of offering a a cup of tea to someone. Wondering what’s the connection?

Watch the video here.

The video was also tweeted by Harry Potter author JK Rowling to her millions of followers. The video uses the power of metaphor to clarify the idea of sexual consent. stick-figure animation is supported by a narrative which goes like, “If you say, ‘Hey, would you like a cup of tea?,’ and they’re like, ‘Uh, you know, I’m not really sure,’ then you can make them a cup of tea – or not – but be aware that they might not drink it,” and “And if they don’t drink it, then, and this is the important bit, don’t make them drink it. Just because you made it doesn’t mean you’re entitled to watch them drink it. And if they say, ‘No thank you,’ then don’t make them tea. At all.”

Perhaps the bit most relevant to the case is consent and consciousness. “Maybe they were conscious when you asked them if they wanted tea, and they said ‘yes.’ But in the time it took you to boil the kettle, brew the tea and add the milk, they are now unconscious. Don’t make them drink the tea. They said ‘yes’ then, sure, but unconscious people don’t want tea.”

There couldn’t be a more simpler way to make a point.

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