British police have been subjected to widespread derision after appearing to suggest that bumping into someone under the mistletoe without consent is rape.
“If you bump into that special someone under the mistletoe tonight, remember that without consent it is rape,” tweeted Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) — signing off with a secular “Season’s Greetings” instead of the traditional “Merry Christmas”.
PSNI, which controversially replaced the old, terror-focused Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) while Tony Blair was in office, received a huge public backlash.
Police were charged with being killjoys and social justice warriors, and trivialising genuine rape cases — but did not appear to take any notice until they were contacted by MailOnline.
The force then deleted their warning and issued a defensive clarification, but bungled it by appearing to suggest that what they really meant was that socialising without consent is rape:
“We posted a message on Twitter yesterday that some may have taken out of context but the message remains the same; when you are out socialising over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape.”