In the case of rape, the agitation has come largely from feminists whose agenda is central to the politically correct establishment. In respect of the threat from paedophiles, the driving force is a somewhat loose alliance between tabloid newspapers, social services and children’s charities. In both instances the hysteria generated has had a detrimental effect on normal societal relationships between men and women, in the case of rape, and between men and children over the paedophile threat. In both cases the emotionalism and alarmism employed need to be exposed for what they are so that, as a general principle, the law should only intervene when there are unambiguous grounds to do so to address clear instances when a person is likely to suffer harm. As sexual activity is essentially a private matter, in the first instance individuals themselves should be trusted to take responsibility for handling unwelcome sexual advances. Clearly when force, of the threat of force, takes place the law will need to step in to deter such obviously unacceptable behaviour.