The government has published a new clause to its Domestic Abuse Bill to end the so-called “rough sex defence”.
The amendment would rule out “consent for sexual gratification” as a defence for causing serious harm, in England and Wales court proceedings.
Justice Minister Alex Chalk promised last week to amend the bill to make clear such a defence was unacceptable.
Labour’s Harriet Harman said the new amendment was a “milestone” in ending violence against women.
Campaign group We Can’t Consent To This, which wants to make it the expectation that murder charges are brought against those suspected of killing a person during sex, hailed it as a “victory”.
The current law says that if someone kills another person during sexual activity they could be charged with manslaughter alone, while