Teenage dating guidelines for parents
They spell out situations where victims would not be in a position to agree to sex, such as if they were incapacitated through alcohol or drugs, had mental health problems or learning difficulties, or were asleep or unconscious.
Rape suspects in positions of power – such as a teacher, employer or doctor – and domestic violence situations where a complainant ‘may be financially or otherwise’ dependent on their alleged rapist, should also be scrutinised, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Many health visitors have been trained to recognise postnatal depression and have techniques that can help.
If they can't help, they'll know someone in your area who can. If you don’t feel up to making an appointment, ask someone to do it for you.
Is the CPS really suggesting that you have to get a signed statement off someone before they have sex? I’m as hardline as they come on crime, but this is ridiculous.
Our legal system is based on people being innocent until proven guilty and the CPS are trying to turn that on its head.’Alison Saunders, the DPP, issued the guidance in the wake of the furore over Ched Evans, who was released from prison in October halfway through a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a Welsh hotel.
’Sarah Green, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: ‘The guidance is a huge step forward.
Postnatal depression is an illness and you need to get help, just as you would if you had the flu or a broken leg.
As part of a major shake-up of investigations into sex offences, the Director of Public Prosecutions said it was vital to remove ‘any grey area’ to recognise situations where a woman may have been unable to give consent.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘It is not clear how anyone is supposed to prove that consent was given.
Women can feel down or depressed at a time when they expect they should feel happy at having a baby to look after.
'Baby blues' are probably due to the sudden hormonal and chemical changes that take place in your body after childbirth.
More severe cases often require antidepressants and you may need to see a specialist.