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Danish App Launches Where Lovers Have To Give Consent For Sex

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Danish App Launches Where Lovers Have To Give Consent For Sex

A new app has launched in Denmark, which requires users to give consent for sex.

iConsent allows users to give permission for 'one intercourse' valid for a period of 24 hours and can be rescinded at any time.

The app works by storing the encrypted data in the event it is needed as evidence in any criminal proceedings - though some have questioned whether it would be able to be used in court.

According to the developers, the app, which also offers sexual health advice and links to victim support services, gives users the 'opportunity to document your consent to intercourse'.

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However, its makers are clear to point out that 'consent in the app can never stand alone, and that it is up to you and the other party to secure your consent before, during and after intercourse'.

The new app allows users to give consent for sex. Credit: PA
The new app allows users to give consent for sex. Credit: PA

iConsent also allows people to look up their history of consent, which is reportedly stored on 'secured servers' and will only ever be shared with the authorities if a criminal investigation is launched.

It comes after the country strengthened its rape laws, and now requires people to get explicit consent before taking part in sexual intercourse.

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The country's parliament passed a new law at the end of last year, which widened the definition of the term 'rape'.

As a result, it now means any kind of sex where explicit consent is not received is classed as rape. Previously, the prosecution needed to be able to show that force or violence had been used, meaning the victim was unable to resist.

Speaking about the law change at the time, Denmark's justice minister Nick Haekkerup said: "Now it will be clear, that if both parties do not consent to sex, then it's rape."

However, critics have blasted the new app, which launched on 1 January, with one newspaper saying it is 'as unsexy as another corona press conference'.

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Questioning the app, Berlingske, a newspaper based in Copenhagen, said the app 'removes any kind of human warmth' from sex.

The report read (as translated by the Daily Mail): "First, we threw out romantic encounters by using the internet where we could hide among the algorithms.

iConsent stores information, which can then be used in the event of a criminal investigation. Credit: iConsent
iConsent stores information, which can then be used in the event of a criminal investigation. Credit: iConsent

"Now we've also created an app that removes any kind of human warmth from something we still need to be together for: sex."

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According to the justice ministry's figures, around 11,400 women in Denmark are raped or subject to an attempted rape each year.

In the US, Marilyn Manson has recently been accused of sexual abuse. He describes the allegations levelled against him as 'horrible distortions of reality'.

The musician's former fiancée, actor Evan Rachel Wood, has previously stated she is a survivor of rape and domestic abuse - and yesterday (Monday 1 February), she announced that her abuser was Manson.

Musician Phoebe Bridgers also alleged Marilyn Manson had a 'rape room' in his home, saying she stands with 'everyone who came forward'.

Featured Image Credit: iConsent

Topics: World News, Denmark, crime, Technology, app, Health

Dominic Smithers
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