- The suggested app would document sexual consent, according to its proponent, New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
- Fuller also hopes that the app would increase the rate of convictions.
- Ethics and accountability expert Catharine Lumby thinks the app would not work and can be manipulated by opportunists.
New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said that if dating apps can bring couples together, it can also provide clarity on whether consent was given or not. Technology does not fix everything but it does play a big role in people coming together and can be part of a solution, he added.
If the app to be developed would document sexual consent, it may help in increasing sexual crimes conviction rates.
According to Fuller, while there is an increasing number of sexual assault cases in the most populous state, only 2% are successfully prosecuted.
Fuller said, “Consent can’t be implied. Consent must be active and ongoing throughout a sexual encounter.”
So far, the suggested app has received mostly skeptical or negative feedback.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian declined to give her opinion on the proposed app but congratulated Fuller for taking a position on the problem of assault.
Lesley-Anne Ey, University of South Australia expert on harmful sexual behavior involving children, thinks that the app would not work. She said, “I don’t think they’re going to interrupt the romance to put details into an app.”
Catharine Lumby, Sydney University specialist in ethics and accountability, said it is a quick-fix app that misinterprets sexual assault circumstances.
Lumby added that men who are opportunists and sexually assault women are capable of manipulating the technology.
Meanwhile, over 10,000 women across Australia protested and called for justice, shining a light on danger and misogyny in the workplace. It was also in protest of the Australian attorney general’s denial of an alleged rape case.
Fuller still thinks that his suggestion may be unpopular now, but it could work in time and he is not alone. A similar idea was launched in Denmark a month ago, but it was not successful.
Source: New York Post