The leaves are changing colors. The morning air is crisp. Pumpkin spice is being liberally sprinkled on everything. Local colleges and universities are back and in full swing. The pigskin is flying around area football fields. With all that alcohol being consumed and all that partying going on, we need to talk about drunken sex and consent. You could be accused of a sex crime.
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A criminal barrister says men should not sleep with women who've drank any alcohol - because consent laws are misunderstood by some men. She wrote: "The law is simple. If a woman has had a drink, and says after sex she did not have the choice, freedom and capacity to consent, the man can be accused of rape. A man being drunk is no defence in law. Intoxication blurs so many psychological boundaries — from impairing our ability to make judgements we would easily make sober to provoking memory loss and occasionally and creating false memories. So, should we all abstain from drunken sex so as to avoid the murky waters where consent is concerned, as McCulloch suggests? You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
TORONTO — A teenage girl who was in and out of consciousness and had vomited on herself was too drunk to consent to unprotected sex with another intoxicated teen at a beach party last year, a Toronto judge said in finding the boy guilty of sexual assault. Both teens had been drinking with friends for some time and had kissed briefly that April night, and the boy, who was 15 at the time, testified the girl then asked him to have sex with her by some rocks, according to court documents. She, on the other hand, recalled little of the evening and only learned what happened through text messages and social media the next morning, the documents said.
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!