Colorado Bans Use of Hairstyle as Evidence of Consent in Sexual Assault Cases

Colorado Bans Use of Hairstyle as Evidence of Consent in Sexual Assault Cases

Colorado has passed a new law that prohibits defendants in sexual assault cases from using a victim’s hairstyle as evidence of consent. The bipartisan legislation, signed by Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera this week, aims to strengthen protections for sex assault victims in court by expanding the existing rape shield law. The law, set to take effect on July 1, also includes provisions that severely limit the use of a victim’s or witness’s sexual history and accusations of false reporting during court hearings.

Supporters of the law hope that it will reduce victim blaming in sexual misconduct crimes and encourage victims to participate more actively in the criminal justice process. By preventing the use of humiliating and irrelevant information during courtroom interrogations, the law seeks to promote a fair and just legal system that places blame on the perpetrator rather than the victim.

Rep. Lisa Frizell, a Castle Rock Republican and one of the bill’s sponsors, expressed her pride in expanding protections for victims of sexual assault. She stated, “This is a crucial step in promoting a fair and just legal system for victims and ensuring the blame is placed on the perpetrator, not the victim.”

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