Men have no ‘right’ to have sex with their partners, neither morally nor legally under UK law. Yet this extremely outdated and harmful attitude about men’s ‘rights’ continues to surface.
Last week I asked the Solicitor General whether his department is speaking to the Department for Education to ensure proper sex and relationships education, in line with up-to-date legal advice. I was pleased to hear that this is the case and that he is encouraging judges and prosecutors to confront dangerous myths.
Accurate sex education is still desperately needed in the UK. I recently wrote to the President of the Family Division about a judge who recently stated “I cannot think of any more obviously fundamental human right than the right of a man to have sex with his wife”.
A judge giving out such inaccurate information, however well-intentioned and however he felt it was relevant to a specific case, can only make it even harder for victims of rape in marriage to feel confident in the legal system.
I’ll continue to challenge these incorrect views, no matter where they come.