The trial and verdict are in, concerning the Steubenville Rape case, and the two boys have been found guilty. I have no problem with the verdict, however, one of the facts in this case are a cause for concern. First off, I had no idea before this trial that once a person has any trace of alcohol in their system, they are not entitled to consent to sex. Additionally, I feel like most other people my age following this trial were probably surprised by this fact as well. I knew that past a certain point of drunk, in the case of the Steubenville rape, black-out, was definitely illegal and a woman would be in no position to consent, or even if a woman is moderately drunk I would probably agree that a woman is in no position to consent to sex. However, the alarming fact of this matter is that a woman that has only had a sip of alcohol, a drink, or only a minute trace of alcohol in her system, can say that she was under the influence and in no form to consent to sex. This is the fact that concerns me and I feel that it is a complete mockery of the justice system. I know now after reading the details of the Steubenville case that the victim was indeed raped and actually drunk to the point of being unconscious when the rape took place. However, I feel that in the future their may be other cases where the legal system is actually taken advantage of by women. Anyone that has been to a college party knows what they are like and who attends them. Most of the time it involves young people consuming alcohol and, contrary to what most of you believe, hooking up. The red flag I am throwing up deals with when a woman has had only a drink or two, is not drunk in any way, consents to sex at a party, and then after the fact decides it was a bad move for her reputation or has a problem with the guy and wants to get him in trouble and calls rape. This is not what the law concerning alcohol and consent to sex was made for. The law was made for those people that actually are, in fact, too drunk to consent to sex in order to protect them. However, I feel in the aftermath of this Steubenville case, there may be a lot of these self-image protecting cases in which a woman has a clear concept as to what she is consenting to, and then after the fact, maybe days later, wants to reverse a mistake she thinks she made and so she calls rape. I hope this doesn’t actually take place in this country but I can’t help to think that it could.
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