Legislature updates 40-year-old definition of consent in sexual assault

On May 18, the last day of the legislative session, the House and Senate voted unanimously to change how sexual assault can be prosecuted by modernizing the definition of consent.

“Alaska took a gargantuan step forward in updating our laws,” said John Skidmore, deputy attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Alaska Department of Law. He spoke during a governor’s press conference the day after the session ended.

Under the bill, consent is defined as “a freely given, reversible agreement specific to the conduct at issue … ‘Freely given’ means agreement to cooperate in the act was positi...


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