Defending Drunk Sex: How #MeToo Has Gone Too Far

By David R. Jones, Partner Earlier this year, disgraced former film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted on rape and sexual assault charges. Weinstein's trial came nearly three years after the rise of the #MeToo movement. Weinstein's accusers, young women at the time of the allegations, sparked this movement in an effort to bring issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault to the forefront of cultural scrutiny. While many Americans believe #MeToo has achieved great success in increasing the likelihood that people accused of sexual harassment are held accountable, the negative implications of this movement never gain any widespread publicity. I am here to discuss one of those negative implications. This article is not for every person, but every person should read it - especially every young person. In the words of John Lewis, "when you see something, say something." I share with you what I've seen over the past 25 years of being a criminal defense attorney in Colorado. And what I see is the routine prosecution and conviction of men who are innocent of the crime of rape. It is happening to a lot of young men who are inexperienced with both sexual interactions and alcohol. Culturally speaking, the rise of dating apps merely for hookups and the increase in underage drinking has played a part in this phenomenon. This article asks you to consider this one question about drunk sex; if a young man and a young woman meet, get... Read More