North Carolina Legislators: Change discriminating wording in rape legal definitions!
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North Carolina Legislators: Change discriminating wording in rape legal definitions!

    1. Gena Wiltshire
    2. Petition by

      Gena Wiltshire

      Kings Mountain, NC

In North Carolina the legal definition of rape is: VAGINAL intercourse with a person by FORCE and against the person's will (without consent). Due to this definition, men can not press charges of rape (their assault was not vaginal), and those who do not fight back against their rapist don't have a case (the rapist might not have needed to use force).

We all know that both men and women can be raped so why can't both men and women press charges for rape? We also know that it is not always wise for a victim to fight back, so why punish them for trying to stay safer in an already extremely terrifying and dangerous situation?

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    • Lynne Kane CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • 9 months ago

      Sexual assault is rape. The law should cover all sexual assault.

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    • Dennis Wyndamere ASHEBORO, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      Rape, in any form, is rape - no matter the gender or orientation of the victims. Many times, to even try resisting means death, or worse - ao this outdated legal definition needs to be changed - NOW.

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    • Sterling M CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent. Rape should be legally defined as "Vaginal, penile, annal, or oral intercourse with a person by force and against the person's will (without consent) where one has been penetrated or forced to penetrate." The language must be gender neutral to ensure all persons are protected equally under the law. Not just women.

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    • Sterling M CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent. Rape should be defined as "Vaginal, penile, annal, or oral intercourse with a person by force and against the person's will (without consent) where one has been penetrated or forced to penetrate." The language must be gender neutral to ensure all persons are protected equally under the law. Not just women.

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    • andrea hall LEX, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      Equality for all under the law..

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