Monday 18 November 2019

Men down under are warned not to lie their way into bed


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Giovanni Torre

People in New South Wales have been warned to avoid talking themselves up on dates as Australia's biggest state considers law reforms which would mean sexual consent obtained through lying would be invalid.

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission has said: "We propose that the law should provide that a person who is fraudulently induced to participate in sexual activity does not, in law, consent to sexual activity."

Fraud invalidates consent in all Australian jurisdictions, but usually under particular circumstances.

Andrew Dyer, a Sydney University criminologist, said: "It means you would have to be very careful in talking yourself up," adding: "A lot of people would say that's good."

The New South Wales Criminal Code holds that sexual consent is invalid if given under a mistaken belief as to the other person's identity. (© Daily Telegraph)

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