Correctly defining consent can save countless victims from sexual assault, domestic violence, sex trafficking, disregard for their abortion rights, and more! In fact, every human interaction should respect each person’s right to “consent” over their property and their bodily autonomy. Yet consent could be the most misunderstood word in our justice system!
When the Cosby jury asked for the definition for “consent,” in Andrea Constand’s sexual assault case, Judge Steven O’Neill told them, “That’s a question that cannot be answered. Use your common sense!”
When the Weinstein jurors asked for the definition for “consent” in the cases of Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann, Judge James Burke said. “Use your common sense.”
The state of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are only two of the countless, consent-blind jurisdictions across the US and around the world.
Society, YOU, can change the egregious flaws in our laws! CAN is fighting to do exactly that!
YOU can help us make the human right of CONSENT a civil right backed by law!
Legislating the definition for consent in the penal code of every jurisdiction will make a world of difference! But no jurisdiction… absolutely none…. provides an actual definition for the noun “consent” in its penal law.
In fact, many states embed blame-the-victim concepts into their penal laws, including that the “words and actions” of the victim determine whether consent took place or not. This ignorant, archaic concept ignores that when someone uses malicious influence to secure your agreement or compliance, you are not consenting no matter what you say or do; and no matter how emphatically you say or do it!
Malicious influence, not the words and actions that result from malicious influence, are the determining factor between guilt or innocence in an enlightened society. No one has the right to use force, fear, fraud, or exploit your incapacity, to take what they want from YOU!
Consent is a unique and specialized form of “agreement.”
The accurate definition for consent is supported by Canon Law, Model Penal Code, Nuremberg Code, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Voting Rights Law, and more.
“Consent is a Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement, by a person with the capacity to reason!
CAN currently has CONSENT bills pending in New York State and US federal law…. and is working on several legislative bills in additional locations.
Here’s what YOU can do to help!
- Watch this TEDx Talk for a clear understanding.
- Read Your Consent – The Key to Conquering Sexual Assault to determine how the laws in your jurisdiction effect YOU, your children, and your children’s children.
- Become a Consent Crusader in your jurisdiction.
- Sign the petition that supports the current CONSENT bills that are pending.
- Donate, because CAN cannot change the laws across the US and around the world without YOU!
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