Last night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was ridiculed for tweeting “If you bump into that special someone under the mistletoe tonight, remember that without consent it is rape. #SeasonsGreetings”
The now-deleted message drew hundreds of mocking comments attacking the force for ‘trivialising’ rape, including one from James Dalton, who stood as a UKIP parliamentary candidate for Barnsley East in the 2017 general election:
Perhaps a refresher course on the definition of 'rape' wouldn't go amiss? An embarrassing tweet which trivialises a thoroughly despicable crime.
— James Dalton ❌ (@JamesDaltondvp) December 2, 2017
@69mib wrote: ‘Bumping into someone, under the mistletoe, is now considered rape? Why do you trivialise such a serious issue with such a nonsense tweet?’
Mike love tweeted PSNI: ‘This tweet tells people that a kiss is rape. Do you realise what you’ve said?’
When I first saw the tweet last night, I had to double-check it because I thought it was from a parody account! I was shocked to discover that it was actually from the official PSNI account.
So, British police say “bumping” someone is “rape”. Meanwhile, there is silence on Rotherham, where hundreds of young girls faced years of genuine abuse. Special interest groups have ruined our police force.
In a new tweet, posted this morning, the PSNI wrote: “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.”