Correctly defining consent can save countless victims from sexual assault!
Consent could be the most misunderstood word in the English language! Establishing a standard definition in the penal code of every state will make a world of difference! Because every state currently defines consent differently, the police, prosecutors, judges and juries are not consistent in how they treat sex crimes.
Consent is not merely “agreement.” Rather, the correct definition for consent is:
“Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement” #FGKIA
Society needs new laws to recognize when sexual assault takes place!
Across the US, most police will scoff at a victim’s sexual assault complaint when the offender is an acquaintance or when no violence took place.
Even the names for sex crimes differ from state to state.
Some states use the generic term, “rape.” Others adopt words like: “sexual assault,” “sexual exploitation,” “sexual battery,” “sexual misconduct,” and more. No matter what name is used for non-consensual sex, every form of sex crime should be covered by penal code. Here is the simple language that every state can enact in order to prevent sex crimes and change rape mentality:
“Non-consensual sex is sexual assault: Consent is freely given, knowledgeable and informed agreement.”
While violent rape is the most heinous and “aggravated” form of sexual assault, predators who use non-violent methods to undermine their victim’s self determination over their bodies are committing a crime.
The degree or level of a crime, such as a felony or misdemeanor, distinguishes its severity. Our laws punish burglary using violence more severely than theft with no violence. And our sex crime laws should apply the same principle.
Non-violent forms of sexual assault
Society has identified a variety of covert, non-violent ways predators will vitiate (undermine) a person’s consent to engage in sex:
- Penetrating someone younger than the age of consent or mentally incapable of consent.
Use of deception to secure agreement is another form of covert sexual assault!
Deceiving a victim robs them of consent just like every other form of non-violent rape! Assenting to sex is not the same as consenting to sex. Assent is “agreement on the face of it.” It is not, “freely given knowledgeable and informed agreement.”
Victims of sexual assault by fraud or false pretense are unknowingly tricked into a defiling act. They are harmed and entitled to justice!
According to the FBI, the number of romance scam crimes are staggering. The internet is being misused to create a crime epidemic. Over $200 million in monetary losses were reported in 2017, and this figure reflects only a small fraction of actual harm committed by scammers. When offenders use romance scams to induce sex, they are committing the crime of sexual assault, not seduction.
You can help!
Together, we can make a meaningful difference in how ALL sexual assaults are treated by law enforcement and the courts! Combating Romance Scams contains the language and common sense that can enlighten our law makers and open society’s eyes.
- Read Combating Romance Scams!
- Pass it along to the legislators in your area.
- Demand they enact the law that will recognize and prevent sexual assault, now, and for generations to come!
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