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Sexual assault and MDMA: the distinction between consciousness and awareness when it comes to consen

Sexual assault and MDMA: the distinction between consciousness and awareness when it comes to consen

  1. ThirdEyeFloond
    Int J Legal Med. 2008 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print]

    Abondo M, Bouvet R, Baert A, Morel I, Le Gueut M.

    In France, the term chemical or drug-assisted submission is usually defined as the rendering of a person vulnerable by the surreptitious administration of an active substance with the purpose of prejudicing the person or his/her possessions. If the harm is sexual assault, establishing the victim's submission involves both proving that a dangerous substance was administered, providing material evidence of the infraction (the assault), i.e. the detection of traces in a physical examination and samples, and proving the absence of consent. We report the case of a woman who was sexually assaulted after having been surreptitiously administered methylenedioxymethamphetamine. In this special case, the woman remained in a state of vigilance (conscious) throughout, so there is doubt about whether or not she consented. In other words, the ability to consent is debatable.
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