Matters of consent are at the forefront of rape discussions. Consent governs
whether someone is guilty or innocent alleged rape. However, for something
that holds so much weight in a person’s integrity and rights, it
can be difficult to determine. Consent is the acknowledgement that both
parties are willing to participate in a sexual encounter. It is what judges
look for when presiding over a rape trial.
How to Know When Consent is Given
Consent can be a difficult matter to prove when one is accused of rape.
These accusations boil down to one person’s word against the others.
However, there are certain things you can look for while engaging in sexual
activity, to determine consent.
Two main factors of consent are:
- Is the person willing to participate in sexual conduct?
- Is the person able to give consent?
It can be difficult to determine whether the person gives consent just
by observation. While you may believe your partner is interested in going
further, unless they specifically say so, you cannot assume consent. The
only way to know is to ask. However, many would not want to specifically
ask this question when trying to create a romantic atmosphere.
Other questions to determine consent include:
- Is this okay?
- Do you want to go further?
- Are you enjoying this?
- Do you want me to stop?
If a person is under the influence of drugs or intoxicated, he or she is
incapable of giving consent. If sexual intercourse occurs while you are
aware of your partner’s intoxication, it will work against you if
you are accused of rape. In a court case, it is the defendant’s
responsibility to show evidence against the accusation.
At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven
guilty. In matters of sex, it is important to be aware of what consent
is and how to determine it. Everyone has a right to due process. If you
have been accused of rape or sexual assault, contact our Ohio sex crime
attorneys today. We will review your story and help you build a case.