David Mack deserves an award for his outstanding article on Rape by Fraud in today’s BuzzFeed!
In The Wrong Man, he captures the horrific sexual deception committed by Purdue University student, Donald “Grant” Ward, explains the suffering of his victim, Abigail Finney, and enlightens us about the legal confusion that mires the understanding of society, legislators and law enforcement alike over sexual assault.
The same misunderstanding about rape by fraud applies to all forms of sexual assault because legislators fail to properly define consent in our laws. In fact, 76% of the states and territories across the US have no consent definition at all. And the rest concoct absurd definitions that skirt around the issue in order to deliberately refrain from overwhelming the courts with sexual assault cases.
If they took the right stand, and enacted consent-based laws to protect society, (instead of cherry-picking specific types of sexual assault that they’ll prosecute,) locking up sexual predators like Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nassar and Donald Grant Ward, would be a slam dunk and sexual assault would greatly diminish!
Everyone would totally understand where seduction ends and sexual assault begins. But in the interest of letting some sexual predators off the hook, victims are short changed validation and the justice they deserve.
Until sexual assault laws are CONSENT-BASED, society will continue failing to recognize when and how sexual assaults take place. ALL nonconsensual sex, not just certain types of nonconsensual sex, are sexual assault.
Consent is “Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement #FGKIA.” It’s not rocket science! Applying this correct definition for consent to our laws makes it obvious why force, duress and deception are the horrific crime of sexual assault.
Watch this TEDxTalk for more details. Share it with everyone you know!
Get your copy of Your Consent – The Key to Conquering Sexual Assault. Send it to your legislators and tell them how important defining consent is to you!