More than 10% of British adults do not think that having sex with someone who is asleep or too drunk for consent constitutes rape, according to the results of a new "alarming" survey.
The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) campaign group said the results of the YouGov survey were proof that the company "did not respond to the request for help" suggested by the #MeToo campaign.
Of the nearly 4,000 people who took part in the survey, one-third claimed that it would not be rape if there had been no sexual violence, while 21% of women surveyed said that it would not generally be considered a rape if the victim flirted on a date – even if he had not explicitly consented to sex.
The report also reveals:
:: 11% said that more sexual partners have a woman, the less damage they will suffer from an attack
:: 24% said that non-consensual sex within a long-term relationship was not rape
:: 89% said it would not be rape to have sex with someone asleep or too drunk to agree
:: 33% of men think that a woman can not change her mind after sex begins
EVAW co-director Rachel Krys described the results as "troubling".
"These figures are alarming because they show that a huge proportion of UK adults, who make juries in rape trials, are still unclear about what rape is," he said.
"# MeToo shed light on the scale of sexual violence, and more and more women seek justice.
"And yet, as a society, we do not respond to this request for help, and this year the number of cases brought by the police and the courts has decreased".
Mrs. Krys is among the activists calling for an independent review of how the police and the courts face rape in light of the recent figures published by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The Violence Against Women And Girls report in September showed a 23.1% decline in the number of defendants accused of rape in 2017-18 compared to the previous year.
Mrs. Krys said rape survivors must be guaranteed, in addition to practical and legal help, whenever they decide to report the attacks to the police.
Last month, there there were protests throughout the island of ireland after a defense attorney used the alleged choice of underwear from a rape victim to suggest that he consent to sex. The accused was later acquitted