Dating consent

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It is also known as acquaintance rape – rape that occurs when an individual is forced to have sexual intercourse with someone she knows – and doesn’t only happen on dates. They are almost always committed by other heterosexual men. If a person has had too much to drink or is on drugs they can not legally consent to sex, so having sex with them is legally rape.Rape is a Level 3 felony, unless aggravating factors are present, namely the use of deadly force or weapon, causing serious bodily injury, or using date rape drugs. Also, sexual battery or touching another person to sexually arouse yourself or the victim by force, threat of force, or when the person is mentally disabled so consent for the touching can't be given.Sexual battery is also touching a person's genitals, buttocks, or female breasts when the person is unaware the touching occurred.People under 16 are allowed to voluntarily have sexual contact with each other, as long as the following conditions are met: The law always takes into account consent for people 18 years old or older.So, a person accused of a crime can raise as a defence the fact that his or her adult partner consented to the sexual activities. This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec.

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