Posted by Hazel Stone | Filed under Idiot Legislation
There is nothing about this that is valid in any way:
The state’s highest court ruled Wednesday that a man can be charged with rape if he ignores a woman’s calls to stop — even if she had previously consented to sex.
And this is what makes taking a rape complaint to the police, without blood and bruises anyway, something many women just choose not to do.
With this expansion of the legal definition of rape, Maryland joins seven other states whose courts have determined that a woman can revoke her consent after intercourse begins.
“This goes to the heart of women’s autonomy,” said Lisae C. Jordan, legal director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which filed a brief in the matter. “It says that, yes, women do have the right to make decisions about something as intimate as sexual intercourse.”
You should pardon my language, but this argument is bullshit. Of course women have the right to decide, but until people stop being lying bastards nothing like this idiot legislation is ever going to work as it is intended. Does anyone for a second think that cases brought under this expanded definition are going to be the result of anything other than vindictiveness and vengefulness?
I was raped when I was 16 (by a guy in his twenties who was getting married a few weeks later, just for extra-added scumbag points), and I can still hold the opinion that this law is wrong. People MUST be responsible for their own actions, and using the law to try and justify poor judgement is just rape of another sort.