Correctly defining consent can save countless victims from sexual assault!
Consent could be the most misunderstood word in the English language! Watch this TEDx Talk for a clear understanding!
Establishing a standard definition in the penal code of every state and territory will make a world of difference! No state or territory… absolutely none…. provides an actual definition for the word “consent” in its penal code. 24% of penal codes contain provisions that tell us specific – but not all – instances when consent fails to take place. Many use contradictory terms that can make sexual assault impossible to prosecute. 76% of our states and territories have neither provisions nor a definition for consent.
Consent is a unique and specialized form of “agreement.”
Synthesizing consent from Model Penal Code, Nuremberg Code, GDPR and provisions across the US and around the world leads to the easily understood definition of consent:
“Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement,” #FGKIA
Society needs new laws to recognize when sexual assault takes place!
Most police precincts in the US scoff at a victim’s sexual assault complaint when the offender is an acquaintance or when they did not use violence. The names for sex crimes differ from state to state contributing to even greater confusion. Some states use the generic term, “rape.” Others adopt words like: “sexual assault,” “sexual exploitation,” “sexual battery,” “sexual misconduct,” “unlawful sexual conduct,” and more. No matter what name is used for nonconsensual sex, every form of sex crime should be covered by penal code.
Here is the simple language each state can adopt in order to consistently uphold every person’s entitlement to consent in all sexual conduct and provide protection from sexual assault:
“Nonconsensual 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 the severity of the consequences. Our laws punish burglary using violence more severely than theft with no violence. And our sex crime laws should apply the same principle.
To determine the status of CONSENT and SEXUAL ASSAULT laws in your state, read “Your Consent – The Key to Conquering SexualAssault”
You can help!
Together, we can make a meaningful difference in how ALL sexual assaults are treated by law enforcement and the courts!
- Read Your Consent – The Key to Conquering Sexual Assault
- Pass it along to the legislators in your area.
- Demand they enact the law that will recognize and prevent sexual assaults, now, and for generations to come!
Consent was, is, and always will be, “Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement.” Use your voice to make it the law of the land, today!
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