Tell the NC Legislature to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault and Let Women Revoke Consent
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In 1979, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in State V. Way that women can never revoke consent. This precedent has prevented women for almost 40 years from receiving justice. In one case, a woman was raped and when she brought it to the courts, her abuser received 10 months in jail for assault on a female instead of the 5-7 years he should have been sentenced to for a rape charge. Not only is this precedent immoral, but it is preventing women from receiving justice. This common law impacts both women (and men) in North Carolina and has been in place for too long. This law applies in the case that a woman has given her consent to intercourse and then redacts it. In some cases, consent has been redacted due to violence and even though initially consent was given, it is still rape.
Senator Jeff Jackson of Mecklenburg County has introduced legislation (Senate Bill 553) to override this precedent, but in the last legislative session it got stuck in the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. We urge Sen. Jackson to re-sponsor the bill but to make the new bill include all types of sexual assault. In addition to signing this, please call your representatives and senators and urge them to pass an updated version of Senate Bill 553 (otherwise known as 'Revoke Consent for Intercourse'). Sen. Bill Rabon is the chairman of the committee that has current jurisdiction of the matter and needs to hear our voices. Contact him at (919) 733-5963.
This court precedent affects all of us and it is imperative that we pressure the NC Legislature to override it as soon as possible.
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