Consent is often the word that comes to mind when thinking of sexual assault. If someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, does that make it okay? If someone does not say no, does that mean yes? Consent is saying yes and understanding the consequences of what you are doing. To have sex with someone without their consent, regardless of their level of intoxication, is sexual assault and rape, and is unacceptable and unforgivable. Alcohol, a common and legal substance, is the number one “date rape” drug, and plays a role in at least half of all sexual assaults. Being under the influence doesn’t give somebody the right to touch someone in any way without consent. Yet, it still happens every single day. It’s no secret that alcohol can alter judgment, but it’s not an excuse for reckless and criminal behavior. Sadly, a lot of individuals remain uninformed on this. Indeed, forty-eight percent of men, aged 18 to 25, believe that if a woman is too drunk to consent, then it is not considered rape. Rape should not be defined by what someone is wearing, how they look, or if they are under the influence of drugs. Rape is rape and believing that there are certain circumstances that dismiss it is wrong. If you are the victim of sexual assault and rape, you can contact a hotline for support at 800-656-HOPE (4673).