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Can We Talk? – “Consent”

Red handsA criminal case in Iowa may have implications for the romantic relationships of adults who have Down syndrome.  It’s a difficult topic, but one that deserves some discussion.
78-year-old Henry Rayhons is facing third-degree sexual abuse charges for having relations with his wife who was living in a nursing home.  The question is, since his wife had Alzheimer’s disease, was she able to consent to a physical relationship?
Henry and Donna Rayhons

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Headlines like “Can a Wife With Dementia Say Yes to Sex?” are showing up everywhere as legal minds discuss the issue of whether people who are deemed mentally incapacitated actually have control over their own sex life.

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