Using drugs, including alcohol, to deliberately create a situation in which a person is incapacitated (and therefore cannot give consent) in order to pursue sexual contact or attention is substance-facilitated sexual assault. This can include spiking a drink with unknown drugs or adding unknown quantities of alcohol to someone’s drink. Oftentimes people consume drugs and/or alcohol willingly, but once they reach a point of incapacitation, they cannot offer true consent. Identifying someone to pursue a sexual relationship with while or because they are in this state is still substance-facilitated sexual assault.
Anyone who has been impacted by substance-facilitated sexual assault deserves support. Confidential, non-judgmental support is available at the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO).
Incapacitating others with drugs and/or alcohol is not a normal part of sexual activity. While this experience has been depicted as normal in popular and news media, it is actually sexual assault. It is not desirable and it is not funny.
Learn more through the Sexual Consent and Culture of Consent Canvas course or connect with the UBC Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO).
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