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How it could soon be a criminal offence to lie about yourself when trying to find a romantic partner

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How lying about yourself to woo a prospective lover on Tinder or at a bar could soon land you before the courts on sexual assault charges

  • The NSW Law Reform Commission have proposed changes to consent laws
  • Reforms say there must be clear communication through all aspects of sex
  • A person who is ‘fraudulently induced’ into sex would not count as consent
  • Lying in any way to attain consent would be punishable as sexual assault 

A proposed change to New South Wales law could make lying to have sex with a prospective partner a criminal offence.

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission recommended that if a physical relationship eventuated after a person was dishonest about themselves, sexual assault charges should apply.

The proposal contains a clause in regards to liars and people who ‘fraudulently induce’ others into sexual activity.

‘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,’ the Commission said in its review of consent laws.  

A proposed change to New South Wales law could make lying to have sex with a prospective partner a criminal assault (stock image)

A proposed change to New South Wales law could make lying to have sex with a prospective partner a criminal assault (stock image)

Sydney University criminologist Andrew Dyer told 10 Daily the proposed changes were profound. 

‘Telling someone you love them when you don’t, pretending to be rich and well connected when you are not, claiming educational achievements that you don’t possess, denying a complex sexual history – say, with same sex partners – could all conceivably count as fraudulently obtaining sexual consent,’ he said.

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The reforms would cover conversations on dating apps such as Tinder as well as real-life encounters.

They would apply to all people of all genders respectively, forcing people to be careful about what they say to prospective lovers.

‘If the boast that you have made induces somebody to participate in sexual activity with you, then you are liable to spend a long time in jail,’ Mr Dyer said.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman has requested for anyone with views on the proposal to lodge a submission to the Commission by Monday November 18. 

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