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After joint legislative effort, Alaska updates definition of consent for sexual assault cases

Lisa Ellanna of Nome, an advocate for victims of sexual assault, speaks Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the state crime lab in Anchorage during the signing of House Bill 325. (Video screenshot)
“The change had been sought for years by victims’ advocates and allows the state to prosecute someone for sexual assault, even if the victim freezes and doesn’t verbally say “no.” Pre-existing law said only that an assault took place without consent if someone was threatened by force.”