UK sex worker wins a rape case on grounds of conditional consent 

The court's verdict paves the way to more understanding of the nuances of consent in the UK legal system.  

Gea Alessi
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UK sex worker wins a rape case on grounds of conditional consent  - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

In late April, Lee Hogben was convicted for rape and two counts of sexual assault after removing the condom without his partner’s permission. The verdict is a significant step forward in the discourse on consent, especially since the victim was a sex worker.

The court supported the idea that saying “Yes” to one sexual act in a specific moment is not a free pass for everything.

The case additionally recognized that those who accept sex under contract do have the right to revoke their consent at any time. The conviction is encouraging because it means that the way we talk about consent is slowly changing; this change will hopefully bring more victims of sexual assault to denounce their aggressors.

Details from the story:

  • In late April, Lee Hogben was convicted for rape and two counts of sexual assault
  • The sex worker had consented to sexual intercourse only with the use of condom, a condition that he did not respect
  • Conditional consent has been successfully used as an argument just in a few cases so far in the UK
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