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Reexamining The Consent Definition Under Article 213: Sexual Assault And Related Offenses Of The Model Penal Code And Its Troubling Influence On Affirmative Consent Definition States, Samantha Newman Aug 2023

Reexamining The Consent Definition Under Article 213: Sexual Assault And Related Offenses Of The Model Penal Code And Its Troubling Influence On Affirmative Consent Definition States, Samantha Newman

Georgia Criminal Law Review

In the past decade, and in response to criticism surrounding Article 213 Sexual Assault and Related Offenses of the 1962 Model Penal Code (MPC), the American Law Institute (ALI) sought to re-examine these specific provisions. In doing so, the ALI attempted to incorporate a more modern standard of sexual behavior and consent, without making the model code too punitive. Recently in 2022, the ALI approved revisions to Article 213 MPC, referred to in this Article as the “Revised Code,” including the rejection of an affirmative consent definition. This Article argues that despite the noble intentions of revising an outdated code, …