Does anyone know of any other assault or battery cases where consent was an issue?
There is also R v Slingsby (1995) a man fisted a woman (conseually, though this is extremely painful and can cause injury) and accidentally killed her due to the lacerations from a ring he forgot to take off. Consent was ruled a defense in this case. Brown remains HIGHLY contentious to this day due to the comparative bias against the homosexual men (where consent was ruled not a defense) compared to the 3 other cases that all involved heterosexual couples (where consent was ruled to be a defense). As a mental health professional, I do often have to weigh “consent” in the context of what may be a person who is mentally ill. Sexually Sadism and Sexual Masochism are both considered mental illness under the DSM-IV-TR, and there can be such a thing as “false consent” where a person by reason of mental defect or some sort of impairment cannot render true informed consent, no matter how they seem to behave in the moment. But regardless, the law needs to be fair and apply equally regardless of