Sexual Assault Posts

October Council Meeting Updates

At its meeting in New York City on October 19 and 20, The American Law Institute’s Council reviewed drafts for eight projects, with the following outcomes:

Reforming the Law of Rape

In this Article, I undertake two distinct tasks. First, I want to discuss what the laws against sexual assault ideally should look like. But second, I also want to discuss rape law from the perspective of someone who has spent the past four years in the messy and frustrating work of legislative compromise, trying to design law reform that can be both progressive and enactable.

N.C. law: Woman can’t back out of sex once underway

Aaliyah Palmer was at a party when a man pulled her into a bathroom for sex. She was willing. But, she told Fayetteville police, when the sex turned violent, she told the man to stop. He didn’t listen

Campus Rape Policies as Law for All? Legal Group Says No

An influential group of law professors has once again declined to recommend that state governments enact policies favoring accusers in sexual assault cases, changes that already have been adopted by many colleges and universities.

Rape and Forcible Rape

The present Draft places Forcible Rape (Section 213.1) at two levels for grading purposes. The base offense is graded as a felony of the second degree, with an enhancement to a first-degree felony upon proof of any one of three aggravating circumstances.

Montana Lawmakers Consider Sexual Assault Bill

This week, Montana’s Law and Justice Interim Committee is scheduled to meet and discuss updating Montana’s sexual assault laws, including updating the definition of sexual consent.