CHARLOTTE, NC - There is a nationwide push to change a North Carolina law that's being called outdated and dangerous for women.
More than 17,500 people have now signed a petition urging legislators to take action.
North Carolina is the only state in the country that does not allow someone to revoke consent to sex after intercourse has begun.
Victims and advocates say it's time for that to change.
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It all dates back to 1979 and the NC Supreme Court ruling State v. Way.
The ruling in that case decided that a woman cannot revoke consent for sex after it’s begun.
“It's never their fault, no matter if they initially consented and then changed their mind,” said Cori Goldstein, director of the sexual trauma resource center with Safe Alliance.
“How we work with survivors is letting them know at any point if you don't feel comfortable you have the right to say no when it should stop.”
On Tuesday, an Asheville woman, Megan Zhender, started a petition urging state legislators to make a change. As of Wednesday night, it was gaining more than 100 signatures an hour.
“If sex turns violent and a woman changes her mind and wants to stop at the sexual partner has no legal obligation to do so,” Zhender said. “It's 2017, we need to stand up for the women in our state.”
Senator Jeff Jackson sponsored a bill to allow revoked consent, but it’s just been sitting in committee since April.
“We’re the only state in the country where no doesn’t mean no.” Senator Jackson said.
Women like Amy Guy have had to deal with the loophole personally.
She says her estranged husband recently turned violent during sex, ripping her hair out and shouting.
“I started crying and asked him to please stop,” Guy said.
Her husband’s charges were downgraded from rape to assault, all because it happened in North Carolina.
“I hope we can change the law,” Guy said. “It’s not right.”
Advocates with Safe Alliance urge anyone who may be a victim of sexual assault to call the rape crisis hotline at 704-375-9900 or visit safealliance.org
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