Cottaging and Cruising: Your Safety, Your Rights and the Law

This section tells you about cottaging, cruising & the law, keeping safe when cruising and what to do if you are a victim of a crime. Produced with support from the Pink Triangle Trust    

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Cruising And Cottaging

Cruising grounds are open spaces where men look for consensual sex with other men,

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Cruising And The Law

There is no law specifically prohibiting cruising.

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What Should You Be Careful Of?

Be as discreet as possible to avoid attracting attention. For example, use secluded areas, but not anywhere that might be overlooked from a road or path, particularly during daylight hours.

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Cottaging And The Law

It is against the law to have sex in a public toilet and you risk being arrested for cottaging regardless of whether you are being discreet or not.

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Action By The Police

Police guidelines on cruising grounds advise that the police should only respond to complaints from the public and not mount proactive operations to stop men cruising.

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What If You’re Arrested?

If you’re found cottaging or having sex in a public place where you could be seen by others, you risk being arrested.

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Your Safety

Some cruising grounds are safer than others and you should look out for warnings posted on sites such as Squirt.

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Reporting An Incident

If you or someone else is attacked it’s important to tell someone about what has happened so you can get help and alert others to the danger.

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Useful Contacts

Details of where you can get more help and advice

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