North Carolina no longer an out­lier on sex and con­sent

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

GREENS­BORO, N.C. — North Carolina’s gov­er­nor has signed a sex­ual as­sault bill that says women can re­voke con­sent dur­ing sex.

Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news re­lease Thurs­day that he had signed the bill, which un­does a 1979 court de­ci­sion that made North Carolina the only state where women can’t re­voke con­sent.

The law also un­does a court rul­ing from 2008 that said sex­ual as­sault laws don’t ap­ply to peo­ple who were in­ca­pac­i­tated be­cause of their own ac­tion as vic­tims, such as by tak­ing drugs or al­co­hol. It also in­creases penal­ties for child abusers.

The law goes into ef­fect Dec. 1.

Both houses of the leg­is­la­ture ap­proved the bill unan­i­mously last week. Cooper says the bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion “will help more peo­ple seek jus­tice against abusers.”

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