Ladies, dust off your pink pussy hats and get into formation because North Carolina had a rape loophole. The Withdrawal Consent law, which states you cannot revoke consent once it's given, is still active in North Carolina. There’s a pending bill in place filed by state Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Democrat, that could banish this unacceptable law once and for all, but it has yet to be passed.
Case in point: Last year, Aaliyah Palmer, who was 19 years old at the time, allegedly agreed to have sex with a man at a party. She changed her mind when he got violent, but because of this law she has been unable to persecute her rapist. "It's really stupid," Palmer recently told the Fayetteville Observer. "If I tell you no and you kept going, that's rape."
The new bill (SB 553) gets to the point: "a person may withdraw consent to engage in vaginal intercourse in the middle of the intercourse, even if the actual penetration is accomplished with consent and even if there is only one act of vaginal intercourse."
Our bodies are sacred and we set the rules, so how North Carolina is still stuck in post-feminist era is a mystery. But until the state gets it together and, in the words of viral sensation Antoine Dodson, people stop “rapin’ everybody out here,” ask important questions like "What do you consider sexual assault?" before getting physical with someone or inquire about their sexual frustrations. While these things might be considered "mood killers," protecting yourself is always most important.
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