“Once you consent, you have no rights”
Women have come a loooooong way in 2018 with exposing sexual predators from all backgrounds and walks of life with the #MeToo movement, but it seems like we still have a long way to go.
Imagine consenting to a sexual encounter, and suddenly your partner becomes overly aggressive to which point you are uncomfortable and want it to stop. You say “no, Stop…” and so on. They don’t stop though, and continue to sexually assault you. Would you consider that rape? Would you go to the police? Well, in North Carolina you wouldn’t have a case because the supreme court doesn’t consider that rape! Once you consent, you have no rights.
Its been brought to attention that North Carolina has a nearly 40-year-old law that denies women the right to revoke sexual consent once the act has begun! Meaning if a woman says yes, starts the act, and then decides at any point that her partner is too rough, or does things she isn’t comfortable with, she has no legal right to press rape charges.
The law has frustrated victims and prosecutors for years in the state. Its a battle of he said, she said and almost always the victim loses. North Carolina is the only state in the country where “No” doesn’t really mean NO.
“North Carolina is the only state in the country where no doesn’t really mean no,”
State senator Jeff Jackson, who has introduced legislation to amend the law, encountered a similar case when he was a criminal prosecutor, and recalls having to dismiss the case! “We have a clear ethical obligation to fix this obvious defect in our rape law”, he said in a statement.
For victim’s sake, we pray the law gets revoked. What are your thoughts? Tweet us @U92SLC!
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