Anna Raccoon brought the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act to my attention with her usual adroitness. Due to come into force in October it contains a clause outlawing 'indecent communication'. It will become illegal to communicate with someone sexually - either in writing or verbally - without obtaining their consent.
Unrequited lust could find you behind bars - and not the type that provide refreshments. Courts throughout the land could be filled with people claiming they didn't consent to being chatted up and found lines such as: 'Nice dress. Can I talk you out of it?' offensive. A smutty text or email could land the over-exuberant in court if the recipient decided it was sent without their agreement.
How this section of the Act will be policed is anyone's guess but there will be those who think it's a nice wee earner by way of a compensation claim. Much of the Act makes sense but the indecent communication clause is an overuse of criminal law.
For those on the dating scene, I suggest you print out some forms with the question 'Do I have your permission to say something sexual?' and have it signed and dated by the recipient prior to any form of communication. After October these will be the modern versions of love letters here in Scotland.