In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously agreed that accused rapists might not use "implied consent" as a defense.
The case was brought by Alberta carpenter Steven Ewanchuck who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl after luring her to his trailer with promises of a job interview. The girl testified that she said "no" three times, but did not try to fight off her attacker. Ewanchuck's attorneys argued that the girl "implied consent" to have sex by failing to defend herself or to run away.
Ewanchuck, who has 3 previous rape convictions on his record, was acquitted by two lower courts before the Supreme Court overturned those rulings and convicted him. He will return to Alberta for sentencing.
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .