David Ball was quoted by a Mission Local article about how a rape case could proceed, regardless of the accuser’s wishes.

“Rape, in addition to other things, is fundamentally a denial of someone’s autonomy over their body,” says David Ball, a law professor at Santa Clara University. “If this woman is saying, ‘I did not consent to the sexual activity that took place,’ moving ahead with prosecution without her consent seems, in some ways, to replicate that damage.”