Sex without consent, whatever the circumstances, is always a crime.
Whether a woman is drunk, sober, unconscious or conscious, dressed as a nun or channelling Rihanna, if she is sexually attacked then it is never, ever because she was ‘asking for it’.
There is only one person who is to blame for a rape, and that is the perpetrator.
No one would dream of blaming a minor for being the subject of sexual abuse on grounds of diminished responsibility; and the same principle must apply to all victims, whatever state of dishevelment they happen to find themselves in.
Nevertheless, I refuse to join in the chorus of feminist disapproval aimed at Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire, which has caused outrage among anti-rape campaigners for a poster featuring a young women, make-up smudged, hair dishevelled, dress wonky, shoes in hand, clearly not much in control of her faculties.
The caption reads: ‘When you drink too much you lose control and put yourself at risk.’