Both of these bills clearly state the definition for CONSENT in penal code. Presently, not a single state across the US provides this important definition. These bills are pending right now and need your support! Here is the actual wording from both bills:
Section 1. Section 10.00 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdivision 22 to read as follows:
22. “Consent” means Freely Given Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement; Such agreement must be obtained without the use of malice such as forcible compulsion, duress, coercion, deception, fraud, concealment or artifice.
Society needs absolute clarity on the meaning of consent to hold offenders of every crime accountable. “Consent” appears over 100 times in the Penal Code of New York State with NO DEFINITION! Defining consent in NY will echo across all boundaries and change the world!
Both bills, one in the Senate, and one in the Assembly, will establish that the definition for consent never changes, no matter what conduct is taking place. Consent is always:
“Freely given, knowledgeable and
informed agreement! “
This definition will be applied in all crimes; sex trafficking, revenge porn, cyber fraud, theft, larceny, kidnapping, and more. It will protect people of all genders, religions, and national origins. It will prevent the victim-blaming that defense attorneys use to discredit victims and shred their character in sexual assault and rape cases.
More ways to help!
Please be sure to sign our change.org petition.
The following links can be used to create your own wording for your letter and reach the legislators directly. No matter what way you use to reach out, your voice will make a meaningful difference in conquering sexual assault and all crimes in which consent is a factor.
And please cc your letter to: Info@ConsentAwareness.net for tracking
Here’s a template if you’d like some help:
Dear Assembly Member Seawright and Senator Sanders,
Thank you for introducing NY State Bill #A6540 and NY State Bill #S6200. I wholeheartedly support passing these aforementioned bills.
Defining consent in our laws is absolutely crucial in providing equal protection for all. Society needs to know and be guided by the following definition:
“Consent means: Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement”
And because this is the actual definition for consent, the use of malice to influence a victim’s compliance can never be considered consent in any crime. Our statutes must be clear on the definition for this important word that appears over 100 times in the penal law of New York State.
CODES Committee Members
These NY State Legislators currently control the progress of the bills in the Assembly and the Senate. Writing or calling them would significantly increase the bills’ chances for success.
If your time is limited and can only make a few calls, please contact the Chairs in both houses, Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz, Senator Jamaal Bailey and Senator Patrick Gallivin, the Senate Minority Whip.
|NY State Senate CODES COMMITTEE|
|Jamaal Bailey- Chair|
|Patrick Gallivan- Minority Whip|