Once a woman agrees to having sex, her partner can legally ignore her if she says she'd like to stop.
At least, that’s the case in North Carolina, where the state Supreme Court ruled that women cannot revoke consent after sexual intercourse begins.
According to the 1979 case State v. Way, "if the actual penetration is accomplished with the woman's consent, the accused is not guilty of rape".
Senator Jeff Jackson, who learned of the loophole while working as criminal prosecutor, wants a different outcome for women in the future. The Senator recently introduced a bill that would allow consent for vaginal intercourse to be withdrawn at any time during the act.
“Right now, if a woman tells a man to stop having sex he is under no legal obligation to do so, as long as she initially consented,” he said in a statement. “...North Carolina is the only state in the country where no doesn’t really mean no.”
Mr Jackson has had little luck getting his legislation passed in North Carolina. He has introduced the bill every year since 2015, only to see it get stuck in committee.