A woman with an IQ of 64 has been banned from having sex after a judge ruled that she lacked the mental capacity to say no to sexual intercourse.Britains Justice Hedley said the woman, 29, was autistic and the order was passed keeping her best interests in mind.
Hedley said she had previously engaged in “risky behavior” with a number of people, and that she should be protected from “potentially exploitative and damaging” relations in future, the Daily Mail reports.
The order prevents the woman from having sex and also means anyone trying to have sex with her can be charged with sexual assault or rape.
“It is strange, but nevertheless true, that even the freedom to make unwise decisions is one that the court is required to guard and only to restrict if and when the best interests of [the woman] so require,” Hedley was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.According to Hedley, the woman was on an at-risk register as a child after her parents split up and her father died.
She was kept in a psychiatric hospital for almost two years and was described as “highly vulnerable”.One man was convicted of attempting to rape her and she reportedly indulged in in “exploitative and unconventional” behaviour with others.