Durham University Rugby Club Under Fire For 'It's Only Rape If' Drinking Game

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A student rugby club has landed itself in hot water after playing a drinking game which allegedly involved members finishing the sentence "it's not rape if...".

Members of the club from St Cuthbert's Society, a college at Durham University, is accused of "encouraging rape culture" by playing the game.

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Flo Perry, a member of Durham's feminist society, said she overheard the drinking game as it was played in the student bar.

Writing in student newspaper The Tab, she said: "Every decent human being knows there is only one answer to this question – ‘it’s not rape if… it’s between two consenting adults'.

“Any other ending of this sentence encourages rape culture which is, in my opinion, the nasty side of lad culture.”

Perry added the president of the rugby club Samuel Cuthbert has since apologised for the game. According to the Telegraph, Cuthbert emailed Perry writing: "'It’s not rape if…' is neither funny, nor is it permissible, and it is for this reason that I wholeheartedly apologise.

“I would very much like to initiate a relationship between our two societies, not only to demonstrate our belief in the importance of the work you do but to help you do it, too."

The same sports club made headlines last year after it was banned from playing after holding a "bad taste" fancy dress party, where students dressed up as Jimmy Savile and his victims.

Professor Elizabeth Archibald, Principal of St Cuthbert’s Society, said: “We are aware of the alleged incident in St Cuthbert’s and we will be speaking to the students concerned.

“The college has a diverse and international student body and students are well aware of the need to act appropriately and respectfully towards others.”

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