Police step up ‘rape is a crime’ campaign

POLICE chiefs have launched the second phase of a campaign to highlight changes in the law on rape.

Officers will be distributing beer-mats at pubs and clubs across the Borders with the slogan “Drinking is not a crime – rape is.”

A postcard using the same slogan was handed out to revellers before Christmas to mark the beginning of the campaign, which has been created with Rape Crisis Scotland.

Lothian and Borders Detective Superintendent Lesley Boal, force lead for public protection, said: “Anyone who uses alcohol as a tool to sexually exploit someone, or who exploits them when they are incapable of freely consenting, could very well find themselves the subject of a criminal investigation for serious sexual crime.

“As a force, our message is straightforward and clear – Lothian and Borders Police will investigate every single report of rape, and responsibility will always lie with the rapist.”

Police statistics show the majority of rapes on females reported to police are not committed by strangers, but by men known to the victim, including people they know socially or have met shortly before the assault.