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Sexual Assault

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Petition to North Carolina State Senate, North Carolina State House, NC Senator Jeff Jackson

Change Outdated NC Law That Does Not Allow Consent to be Withdrawn After Sex Begins

Late last year, my estranged husband brutally raped me. When he came to my house -- angry and belligerent -- I initially consented to having sex with him because I thought it was safest to say yes. But he grew more and more violent, and I became more and more scared and uncomfortable. I begged and pleaded for him to stop, but he refused. He attacked me for more than an hour and a half. It was horrific, and no one should have to endure that. Soon after, I pressed charges against him. But because of a North Carolina legal case in 1979 that says a victim can’t revoke consent after sex has begun, even if it turns violent, he wasn’t charged with rape. He merely pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault on a female, which resulted in roughly 10 months in prison. North Carolina is the only state where ‘no’ doesn’t actually mean ‘no’ -- and this loophole remains. If this happened in Virginia or South Carolina, he would’ve been tried with rape, and he would’ve served a much longer sentence. This is not acceptable. It’s not okay for me or the many others who have been or will be sexually assaulted in the future. It is not justice, plain and simple. That’s why I’m asking you to help me, my attorney, Kris Hilscher, and Sen. Jeff Jackson hold rapists accountable. Please sign this petition in support of a legislative bill in North Carolina that will reverse this horrible law and will lead to a new one that says ‘no’ actually means ‘no’ at every single point. Unfortunately, I won’t benefit from this bill. But other women could, and you can help them get the protection they need by changing this law. North Carolina cannot wait any longer.

Amy Guy
62,837 supporters
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Stop The Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault & Harassment for ALL #metoo

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2016/Marc-Winner/ #metoo Please read until the end to begin to understand the scope of it all. ❤️ Hopefully we have just one more pre-trial on the 1st of 4 serial rape trials against Marc Winner and then the actual 1st trial will be set. Over 16 years, I hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although I knew he couldn’t stop-it was my greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the SOL and 10 total we know about in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to me when they wanted me to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? It now does make sense though why only a few months after he raped me, he moved to Chicago and opened a new “award winning” tanning salon, he of course named after himself. It would seem he may have knowingly made the move with the help of his wealthy and powerful family and benefactors in order to stalk prey without scrutiny and undetected once again. I have been ruled a past crime witness, being his first known victim and first to report. We won’t know until the trials begin whether or not past crimes will be testifying and entered into evidence. Often the court system doesn’t want to do what can be referred to as “muddying the waters” by bringing past crimes in. I find that ridiculous because all the past crimes establish an obvious pattern and MO. However, whatever it takes for the rapist predator with a file as large as “War & Peace” to finally no longer slip through the cracks and be put behind bars for good, is fine by me. This has not been an easy road. It’s actually been harder than I would ever be able to explain. My sister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years with much joy after I came to terms with the unthinkable, but I really got thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when I found out he was back or I should say never actually left. For he remained active and my reporting him, going to all our trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. I do not feel any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. I could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. I do however feel an immense responsibility to my sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway that I lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and Denny Hastert is to stop the SOL clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on ALL sex crimes such as Sexual Assault and Harassment in every state for children and adults once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone reasonably understand and get behind that? #Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute

Lesley Barton
1,136 supporters