Men In North Carolina Legally Allowed To Finish Sex Even If Woman Revokes Consent

The state Supreme Court in North Carolina ruled that women cannot take back consent once she agrees to having sex.

Sorry, what?

Yeah, you did read that, once a woman agrees to having sex, her partner can legally ignore her if she says she’d like to stop.

According to the 1979 case State v. Way: “If the actual penetration is accomplished with the woman’s consent, the accused is not guilty of rape.”

Lynn Schafran, senior vice president of Legal Momentum, said she had never seen anything like this ruling before.

She told The Independent:

It is certainly out of touch with the way these case are being considered today.

Apparently, at least two women have come forward in the last two months alleging that the ruling let their rapists get away with the crime.

In one case, Amy Guy told local news station WRAL that her estranged husband showed up at her house, demanding sex.  At first she consented, but begged him to stop when he became violent.

Ms Guy’s husband, Jonathan Wayne Guy, was initially charged with second-degree rape but because of State v Way, his charges were dropped to ‘misdemeanour assault on a female’.

Guy plead guilty to that charge and is currently serving a 10 month prison sentence.

Senator Jeff Jackson, who learned of the loophole while working as criminal prosecutor, wants a different outcome for women in the future.

He recently introduced a bill that would allow consent for vaginal intercourse to be withdrawn at any time.

He said:

Right now, if a woman tells a man to stop having sex he is under no legal obligation to do so, as long as she initially consented.

North Carolina is the only state in the country where no doesn’t really mean no.

In fact, at least nine U.S. states explicitly recognise the right to withdraw consent during sex, either via state statutes or court rulings.

Mr Jackson has had no luck getting his legislation passed in North Carolina, writes The Independent. He has introduced the bill every year since 2015, only to see it get stuck in committee.

Stop the planet, I’m getting off. Cheers.


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