Media release: BBC Scotland and Radio Five Live jointly investigate use of violence during consensual sex


THE BBC Scotland programme, Disclosure, has teamed up with BBC Radio 5 Live to survey the extent of violence during consensual sex.

Disclosure: A Question of Consent airs on BBC One Scotland at 10.45 pm tonight, Monday 23 March, and, during today, Radio Five Live will feature parts of the investigation in its output.

A survey conducted jointly by Disclosure and Radio Five Live disturbingly found that seventy-one per cent of men under 40 said they’d slapped, choked, gagged or spat on their partner during consensual sex.

The questionnaire among 2,049 men aged 18-39 across the UK was carried out between 7-10th February 2020 as part of an investigation by BBC Scotland’s Disclosure and Radio 5 Live into the apparent increase of so-called ‘rough sex.’

Brenna Jessie of Rape Crisis Scotland: “I think that’s terrifying, to be honest. It’s not a surprise in the sense that we know across Scotland and across UK our public understanding of consent is really not very good.

“And by that I mean consent as free agreement, as something that is ongoing, so if you consent to one thing it doesn’t necessarily mean you consented to everything. And as something that can be withdrawn at any time.

‘So our concern is that in not responding vocally or visibly, that that is being misinterpreted as consent. And that is not consent.”

Reporter, Myles Bonnar, examines the possible links between violent sex in online pornography and the rise of so-called ‘rough sex.’ Fifty-seven per cent of the men who admitted violence during consensual sex said that porn influenced their desire to do so and 20 per cent said it influenced them a ‘great deal.’

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