Onsent and the Sexual Offences Act 2003

The Question set is; To what extent does consent enable a defendant to avoid liability for offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003? To what extent do you view the current law as appropriate?

In order to answer the question the essay must demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the current law what is meant by consent? When can a defendant use consent to escape liability under the Sexual Offences Act 2003?

The essay must critically evaluate whether the current law is appropriate should consent enable to a defendant to escape liabilty. Show an opinion on the current law and this opinion must be backed up by authority as appropriate.

This opinion should be in a clear legal argument using source materials to support the argument.