Conquer Sex Crimes!

Conquer Sex Crimes!

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Consent Awareness Network (CAN) started this petition to NY State Assembly Member NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and

When the Harvey Weinstein jurors asked the New York judge for the definition for consent, he said "Use your commonsense." When the Cosby jurors asked the judge the same question in Pennsylvania, he gave the same answer. Just like NY and PA, NO STATE OR JURISDICTION ACROSS THE US defines "consent" in their penal laws. 

Consent stands firmly at the intersection of a woman's right to choose and sex crimes. Consent is a human right. We must make it a civil right!

The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution grants us all equal protection under the law. Consent is an essential factor in determining guilt or innocence in most crimes, yet this pivotal word (which appears 162 times in NY State's penal code alone) is left up to each jury to determine its meaning. This outrageous failure  turns protections against sexual assault, sex trafficking, domestic violence, and a host of additional crimes, into a crapshoot! 

The Consent Awareness Network (CAN) is fighting to change our laws all across the US and beyond. We have succeeded in introducing bills in NY State and Congress. Codifying consent in one jurisdiction will help EVERY jurisdiction do the same. Supporting these bills will provide the protection that you, your family, and  coming generations need. 

Please tell legislators how important this bill is to you by signing this petition, sharing it with everyone you know, and pitching in a few dollars to amplify the demand for change. By doing so, YOU can truly help make the world a safer place!

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We the undersigned support enacting NY State Legislative Bills #A6540A and #S6200A, and the definition for consent passed by the US House of Representatives in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which regulates military law:  

“Consent means freely given, knowledgeable and informed agreement by a person with the capacity to reason."

Failure to correctly define consent by law hampers justice for sexual assault victims, contributes to victim blaming, and enables sexual predators to exploit legal-loopholes. Defining consent properly will insure equal protection under the law against offenders who commit sexual assaults, sex trafficking, revenge porn, and all additional crimes where consent is required by law. 

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