Australia: 'Yes' to sex could still be rape in NSW under proposed new 'consent withdrawal' laws

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'A person accused of rape in NSW could be convicted if their alleged victim said "yes" to sex but changed their mind without saying so, under proposed new laws.

The NSW Law Reform Commission has proposed expanding the circumstances in which sexual consent is withdrawn, including when a person "freezes" and can't say "no".

The commission has called for legislation to allow a person to withdraw consent "by words or conduct".

"A person may, for example, indicate withdrawal of consent with body language even if consent was previously given verbally," it said in draft proposals for a review of laws around consent.

Currently, the Crimes Act provides that consent is given if the person freely and voluntarily agrees to sexual intercourse.'

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