“Consent” could be the most misunderstood word in the English language! Establishing a standard definition in all penal code could make a world of difference in outlawing all forms of sexual assault!
Consent is not merely “agreement.” It’s “freely given, knowledgeable and informed agreement.”
Combating Romance Scams, Why lying to get laid is a crime! states specific language for a law to end romance scams and aid in the prosecution of ALL FORMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT!
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- Read Combating Romance Scams!
- Pass it along to the legislators in your area.
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My personal story appears in Carnal Abuse by Deceit. It will help anyone who suffered a romance scam restore their dignity! It explains how emotional predators get their hooks into you, the painful journey to recovery, and why sexual assault by fraud or deception is a crime.
The names for sexual assault differ from state to state
Some states use the generic term, “rape.” Others adopt various terms: “sexual exploitation,” “sexual battery,” “sexual misconduct,” and more. No matter what name is used for non-consensual sex, every form of this crime should be included in penal code.
While violent rape is the most heinous form of sexual assault, and is an “aggravated” form of this offense, sexual predators who use non-violent methods of undermining their victim’s self determination over their reproductive organs should be charged at a lessor level. Omitting specific language to prosecute all forms of non-violent sexual assaults is like ignoring stealing when the victim is not battered.
Additional non-violent forms of rape
Society has identified a variety of covert ways predators will vitiate, (undermine,) a person’s consent to engage in sex, even though violence is not present:
- Penetrating someone younger than the age of consent or mentally incapable of consent.
But prosecuting these crimes is often hampered by society’s misconceptions about what consent really is. And frequently, victims, themselves, don’t grasp why what happened to them constitutes a crime.
Use of deception to undermine consent
Deceiving a victim robs them of consent just like every other form of non-violent rape! Assenting to sex is not the same as consenting to sex. Victims of sexual assault by fraud or false pretense feel contaminated and defiled. They are harmed, and they are entitled to justice!
Together, we can make a meaningful difference in how sexual assault and romance scams are treated by law enforcement and the courts! The FBI tells us that the numbers are staggering and that the internet is being misused to create a crime epidemic. Over $200 million in monetary losses were reported last year, and they believe this figure reflects only a small fraction of actual harm committed by scammers.
Join the fight to raise awareness and create new, on-target, enforceable laws! Buy your copy of “Combating Romance Scams” today!
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