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House unanimously passes bill to add ‘consent’ to Colorado’s sexual assault law

Both bill sponsors said they hope the change would clarify the law to help jurors make decisions in sexual assault cases and to help victims understand whether what happened to them legally qualifies as sexual assault.

This bill comes as, last year, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault reported Colorado’s sexual violence rate is higher than the national average. The organization said 23.8% of women in Colorado had experienced sexual violence, compared to 18.3% nationally.

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