Australian law makes sexual consent explicitly verbal

New York Post | 7/6/2018 | Staff
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If you want to have sex you now have to ask for it loud and clear and get a verbal “yes” back under new reforms announced by the New South Wales government in Australia. NSW is a state on the west coast of Australia and Sydney is its capital.

Sexual consent is at the core of the state’s first strategy against sexual assault released on Friday, which will focus on raising awareness about consent, as well as protecting victims and preventing sexual harassment in workplaces and universities.

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Under the package, a new $1 million advertising campaign will teach people how to “obtain a clear yes.” Young adults, in particular, will be targeted in pubs, bars, clubs and universities and via social media, with messages like “no means no” and ­“silence is not a yes.”

Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Minister Pru Goward told the Daily Telegraph consent was “a responsibility, both in the ask and in the reply.”

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“If you want sex you have to ask for it and if you want that sex, you have to say yes,” she said.

The State Government announced in May it had referred the state’s current consent laws to the NSW Law Commission, following an investigation into one of the country’s most high-profile rape trials, which threw the existing laws into question.

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