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Independent | The North Carolina Law That Says People Can't Change Their Minds During Sex, Letting Rapists Escape Unpunished

(06/23/2017) Once a woman agrees to having sex, her partner can legally ignore her if she says she'd like to stop.

At least, that’s the case in North Carolina, where the state Supreme Court ruled that women cannot revoke consent after sexual intercourse begins. [ . . . ]

In states where the law does not specify either way, says AEquitas CEO Jennifer Long, most courts read the law to mean that consent can be withdrawn.

“Realistically, it’s because it’s sort of something that should be common sense: that you consent until you don’t consent,” she said.

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