The obvious problem with the law — which many other states are considering as well — is that it assumes that sexual assault, already a crime under multiple laws, is the result of miscommunication.
The assumption is that somehow one partner (and let's be honest, it is overwhelmingly the one with a Y chromosome) didn't ask or realize that the other wasn't into it.
For example, even if a 14 year old agreed to sexual activity with her/his 19 year old basketball coach, the law does not consider that the consent was freely given. The law also says that children under 12 years of age can never legally consent to sexual activity. You can show by your words OR actions that you do not consent.
Actions, such as struggling and trying to leave, show that you do not consent.
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Previously, the Crown had to prove to a judge that those accused of gun crimes should be detained.
The new legislation now requires the accused to prove to a judge why they should be released from jail while awaiting trial.
Children of any age can get married in California if they have the consent of both parents (exceptions apply), but must be 18 to marry without the consent of their parents.
The age of consent is also the point at which a child can consent to engage in sexual intercourse without the act being considered statutory rape.
As well, those accused of gun crimes will find it tougher to get bail.