- I have spoken to couples living with Alzheimer's and several said that physical contact - presence, affection, sex - is often a channel of connection when words are not available.
- If he forced himself on a resistant partner, that's clearly a violation.
- Is it equally a violation if she did not indicate either approval or rejection?
- If she reciprocated - does that imply consent? Or are any of her decisions and responses suspect because her mental faculties are impaired?
- If she is deemed unable to consent, does she get any say in any of the treatments that are recommended?
- At what point, and how is she declared unable to consent? I'm guessing there is a clear area, and a lot of gray area.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Dementia and Consent: Husband Accused of Raping Wife Who Has Alzheimer's
What are your responses to this situation?