What is the law?

Jersey has a new law that updates and clarifies the definition of a number of sexual offences and will provide protection for victims of any gender.

These are the main changes under the Sexual Offences (Jersey) Law 2018:

Non-Consensual Offenses:


Rape can now happen to anyone of any gender.

It is a specific offence committed by someone with a penis (including an artificially constructed penis).

Sexual Penetration without consent

Sexual Penetration without consent can be committed by anyone of any gender on anyone else of any gender, either with parts of the body or with anything else.

Other non-consensual offences in the law are:

Sexual touching without consent.

Causing a sexual act without consent.

A Guide to the Sexual Offences (Jersey) Law 2018 has been published in English, Portuguese and Polish, and is available HERE.