Myths - Sleeping / Unconscious

Sleeping or Unconscious

The Myth

Sex when sleeping or unconscious is not rape.

The Facts

Sex without consent is Rape. Both parties have to agree to sex.

If a person is sleeping or unconscious then they are not capable of giving consent.

Sex with someone who is sleeping or unconscious, therefore, is rape and the law is very clear on this.

The Impact

This is an emerging picture but one that should be very clear. Around 17% of rapes reported involve a victim who was sleeping at the time of incident. 

What Can You Do

Understand that rape when sleeping or unconscious is a significant and emerging problem.