December 10, 2017
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Tags: Sexual Assault
Organizations mentioned/involved: National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
In my article, I suggest a civil remedy rather than a criminal remedy — basically, a law under which survivors can sue their assailants directly for money damages rather than hoping a prosecutor takes the case. To be honest, I just have very little faith in the criminal legal system. Not all survivors want criminal consequences for their assailants. But even when they do, so many prosecutors decline to bring charges for sexual violence generally because of rape myths like the idea that people can’t be assaulted by their romantic partners, or that people who consent to some sexual activity automatically consent to all sexual contact. And those rape myths are particularly likely to be in play in cases of non consensual condom removal given that the violence definitionally occurs in the context of consensual sex.