In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a number of countries are now considering introducing legislation allowing for informed consent for sexual encounters.
One of these countries is California.
The law, known as the “informed consent” bill, would give the person giving consent the right to revoke the consent at any time.
The bill would also make it easier for a person to revoke consent when the act is not necessary or “reasonable”.
RTE reported that the bill has been referred to the Senate Education Committee and is currently being considered by the committee’s chairman, Senator Loni Hancock.
In her submission to the committee, Hancock said the bill would give Californians greater control over when, where, and how to have sexual encounters with people they do not know.
“There is no such thing as an informed consent statute in California, as there is in most other states,” Hancock wrote.
Rte reported that Hancock’s office had also been contacted by a number, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that have raised concerns about the proposed law.
California has a unique relationship with sexual consent, as the state has a law against forced sterilisation, as well as a separate law against sex discrimination.
In February this year, a man who was arrested for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl was released after spending seven months in jail and was later pardoned by the governor.
The governor was not involved in the pardoning, as he had previously defended the arrest.
The man, who is now 35 years old, has not been charged with any crime.