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In North Carolina, a person's initial consent to sexual activity can later prevent them from seeking justice if things turn ugly or violent — even if they asked loudly and clearly, mid-encounter, for the other person to stop. For several years, legislators have declined to close this loophole in state sexual assault laws, but advocates believe that could at last be the year that no means no or something closer to it in North Carolina.
This spring, state senator Jeff Jackson D-Mecklenburg re-introduced a bill aiming to clarify North Carolina assault statutes such that consent may be legally revoked after a sexual encounter has begun. After three submissions, Sen. Jackson and co-sponsor Sen. Danny Britt R-Columbus are hopeful that the bill will finally receive enough bipartisan support in the coming weeks to become law. Unlike some arcane state lawsthis legal loophole has had a substantial and devastating effect for generations of assault survivors, according to victims' advocates.
In the past few years alone, numerous college- and high school-aged women have reported assaults under similar circumstances, only to find such charges dismissed according to the state supreme court's decision in the case of State v. According to Skye David, staff attorney for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, hers is the only state in the nation where consent cannot be legally revoked after sex has begun — and the legal hurdles for survivors don't end there.
Unfortunately, our system isn't set up to protect survivors; it's set up to benefit perpetrators," she commented by. Instead, North Carolina is still operating under "archaic" definitions whereby sex that begins consensually but continues by force is not considered a crime. Many other states have considered similar fact patterns, and have dismissed State v. Way as not persuasive law. Andrea Pino, left, and Annie Clark are among five women who filed a complaint against the University They also helped launch two web sites to help other students file complaints.
Going forward, David hopes that North Carolina legislators will pass the proposed changes but also take some crucial steps to address other areas of the state's assault statutes. Jackson introducing the [consent] bill year after year, the North Carolina House is considering a bill, championed by Representative Chaz Beasley D-Mecklenbergthat would modernize the current sexual assault laws and close the incapacitation loophole that exists in the state," she explained.
David said that local advocates and assault survivors are also calling for improved protective orders for victims of sexual assault, who often struggle to gain the same protections that are given to victims of domestic violence. By phone, Sen. Jackson said he first became aware of the consent-revocation issue while working as a prosecutor in Gaston County. Jackson recalled, "They took a court recess to research this. We thought, of course it's not a defense: let's look this up and move on with the trial. And sure enough, we found State v. Way ; the judge had correctly remembered state law.
One of the "most flagrant" legal applications that Jackson remembered from his time as DA involved a judge dismissing a case and simply writing " State v. Way " on the back of the official form by way of explanation ; a later, similar dismissal cited that judge's case. North Carolina lawmakers must pass the proposed consent bill in at least one chamber by May 9 or the bill will become ineligible to be voted on for the rest of the legislative session. I'm a freelance writer covering tech, media, science, and culture.
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