Original article published here. Trigger Warning: This post contains language about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. This piece is part of Not Your Fault, a Teen Vogue campaign that aims to educate people about the epidemic of sexual assault. For more on this series, click here. My friend was at a party and got really drunk and had sex with this guy.
When Is Someone Too Drunk to Legally Consent to Sex?
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Heavy drinking and sexual activity often go together on college campuses, and that's a troubling dynamic when it comes to the question of consent. The last point, that consent can only be given without the influence of drugs or alcohol , is one that has created confusion and controversy, especially on college campuses where drinking and sexual experimentation are common. We were getting really trashed. We were drinking. And then, suddenly we're having sex in someone's room. There are clear instances of sexual assault or rape, like the case of Brock Turner , a former Stanford swimmer who was convicted of sexual assault after he was caught on top of an unconscious woman he met at a party, who was passed out near a dumpster.
‘So if you go out and both get drunk you can’t have sex? That’s f**ked up’
Consent is a complex and controversial topic that has been in the public eye in recent years due, in part, to several high-profile sexual assault cases. While the video provides a surprisingly good overview of the basic concepts, the laws regarding consent vary from state to state and can be especially complicated when alcohol is involved in the situation. In other words, there are some circumstances in which a person cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse or contact.
Richie: Does anyone in the class have any idea how they might explain consent to someone? Paulo: Yeah but they could just be really rigid and shy, or quiet. Elaine: Yes! Communication is everything when it comes to consent.