If consent can reasonably be believed to have been given
Since we are discussing legal distinctions, it should be noted that this is not a general, nor…
Douglas Milnes

A basic problem here is that rape is a crime, a very serious crime, and to convict a suspect of rape requires evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The recent “rape culture” discourse, focused on “he-said/she-said” cases involving drunk teenagers on college campuses, highlights the difficulties involved here. Arguments over the fine points of “affirmative consent” policies at universities are, on the one hand, a fine stage from which progressives can engage in feminist virtue-signalling, but on the other hand, don’t have much relevance to criminal prosecution of rape. One reason this turned into such a controversial subject is because the Obama administration intervened with a very heavy hand in the way universities addressed these cases., resulting in more than 100 lawsuits filed by male students who say they were falsely accused of rape and denied due-process in campus disciplinary actions.

Anyone attempting to talk common-sense on this subject risks shrieking denunciations from feminist commissars. Viewing the situation, I have advised young men simply never to talk to any female student on campus — avoid anything that might cause even the slightest shadow of suspicion. Guys should date off-campus, or else don’t date at all, because in the current climate there is no way a young man can engage in heterosexual activity on campus without risking a devastating accusation of sexual assault for which, under the prevailing rules, he cannot possibly avoid being judged guilty.

As for what advice I’d give to female college students . . . Well, I can’t give them any advice because doing so would require me to violate my own maxim, i.e., NEVER TALK TO A COLLEGE GIRL! THEY’RE ALL CRAZY!