In this day and age, it’s pretty sad that the issue of consent is still a grey area for some. But that’s the reality.
According to Rape Crisis, roughly 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales every year - that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour.
To clear up any confusion that may still arise, Twitter user Nafisa Ahmed, 22, took it upon herself to explain consent by using the analogy of stealing money from a purse.
She wrote: “I don’t get how rape is so hard to understand for some men. But, if you put it like this, they get it.”
She then shared a series of tweets explaining how consent works in a relatable and super easy to understand concept.
Ahmed said her tweets were in response to comments on her Twitter feed surrounding an incident involving actor and director Nate Parker.
Parker was accused of rape back when he was a student, but was later acquitted in a 2001 trial.
Just this week, it was reported by Variety that the woman who had accused Parker of rape had taken her life.
Ahmed said she tweeted about consent after spotting a few tweets on her timeline from a handful of male Twitter users who “came off as ‘rape apologists’”.
Her tweets were praised on Twitter, with thousands of people sharing them.
One person wrote: “Just saw your tweets on rape. It’s disgusting it needs to be said but man that was a brilliant way of putting it.”
Others simply thanked Ahmed for sharing her thoughts.
There have been a number of consent analogies shared over the past few years, the most popular of which came from blogger Emmeline May, who likened consent to making a cup of tea.
The idea was later used by Thames Valley Police as part of their #ConsentisEverything campaign.