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In NC If a Woman Revokes Consent, It Still Isn't Rape

Women in the state of North Carolina cannot revoke consent once they grant it––even if intercourse turns violent. According to a 1979 State Supreme Court ruling, State v. Way, "If the actual penetration is accomplished with the woman's consent, the accused is not guilty of rape, although he may be guilty of another crime because of his subsequent actions." North Carolina is the only state with such a law on the books, and a legislative effort to change the archaic law has stalled in the Senate.

Senator Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) sponsored Senate Bill 553, which would criminalize the failure to stop intercourse after a woman rescinds consent. It reads, in part:

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