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Petitioning North Carolina State House and 2 others

Tell North Carolina to Overturn Decision Legalizing Rape


Under a 1979 Supreme Court decision, once someone has agreed to start having sex, at no time during that act of intercourse can she withdraw consent. She relinquishes the right to control her own body.

If her partner has to physically restrain her, causing injuries, to keep her from stopping the act? Nope, not rape.

In effect, this decision has legalized rape.

This disturbing policy came to light after a case in which a young woman was dropped under the argument that she'd been okay with having sex at first. The victim's father is now asking legislators to make certain that other girls are not faced with the same denial of legal redress for what is certainly rape.

Help protect future women by asking North Carolina state legislators to pass legislation clarifying that rape occurs in any non-consensual situation, even if it happens after intercourse has started.

Letter to
North Carolina State House
North Carolina State Senate
North Carolina Governor
It has come to my attention that under a 1979 North Carolina Supreme Court ruling, someone who begins to have sex can at no time during intercourse make the decision to stop. Even physically restraining the non-consenting partner, causing injuries, does not qualify the act as rape.

In effect, this decision legalizes rape.

This egregious violation of human rights and bodily integrity must be ended immediately. Rape survivors already face major obstacles to prosecuting their rapists, but to dismiss cases by saying that under law a woman has no right to withdraw consent creates a new level of injustice.

The victim's father in the case that brought this ruling to light has been in contact with you, not to ask that his daughter's case be reopened, but simply to make certain that, in the future, no other women will have to go through having their rape called consensual sex under this court precedent.

Please introduce legislation clarifying that rape occurs in any situation in which penetration/intercourse occurs without consent, whether or not there was initial consent to any act. started this petition with a single signature, and now has 11,273 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.