Alcohol and Sexual Violence

Alcohol is often present in cases of sexual violence, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. In reported cases of acquaintance rape, approximately 75% of the men and 55% of the women involved had been drinking or using other drugs just before the assault. Although the exact role played by alcohol or other drugs may vary, there are some general patterns worth noting.

If you take advantage of the fact that someone is drunk or drugged to have sex with her or him, you may be guilty of rape. Someone who is impaired by alcohol or other drugs may be incapable of understanding the situation, making it impossible for her or him to give consent to sex.

If you have sex when you are too drunk or drugged to interpret consent correctly, you may be guilty of rape. Intoxication is not a defense against the charge of rape.

³Hooking up² is not, in and of itself, consent to sex. An interest in continuing to talk, to hang out together, or even to ³fool around² is not a clear cut statement of consent to sex. If consent is given, consent may then be withdrawn at any time. If you have sex without being certain of consent, you do so at risk of committing rape.

Before you have sex, ask yourself:

If the answer to any of these questions is no, donıt have sex.

SEX + ALCOHOL = unsafe sex for everyone!


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