The Danger Of Date Rape And How To Prevent It.

What is Date Rape (aka Acquaintance Rape.)

Statistics
show that in the majority of cases, rape is not committed by the
stranger who leaps out from behind bushes or drags his victim into a
dark ally.

The majority of rapes are carried out by someone known to the victim.

That
someone could be a friend, neighbor, boss, ex partner, spouse, teacher,
manager, life long buddy, new found friend, chiropodist, coworker. Yes,
even a close or distant relation.

A date rape could be defined
as forced, or non-consensual, sexual acts committed by an attacker on a
victim who the victim is acquainted with.

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Clubs and bars can be fun, but there is always the need to be on your guard.

The date need not be a romantic, or even social, meeting, although it
often is.

The rapist need not use physical force, he could use
psychological pressure, or refuse to stop when petting has gone further
than the victim intended.

The victim is often intoxicated, or even made unconscious, by alcohol or drugs.

Often these drugs (known as date rape drugs,) are given to the victim by the rapist without her knowledge.

Frequently the victim will have no memory of the assault, or the events leading to it, due to the effects of the drug.


Ways to Prevent Date Rape.

  • If going to a club, bar or party, go with a group of friends that you trust and stay with them. Leave the venue together.
  • Agree with your friends to look out for one another.
  • If you should meet someone you want to get to know better, do not go anywhere with them that night. Agree to meet with them at public place at another time.
  • Be wary of people who seem to want to quickly push a relationship on to a more intimate level. Keep relationships at the level you feel comfortable with.
  • Don’t agree to be driven to a date. Drive yourself or take a cab, make sure that you have the fare for the journey back. Always meet at public places, never somewhere you and your date will be alone.
  • Always tell someone where you are going, and don’t let that place be changed. Carry a cell phone.
  • Avoid situations where you do not feel in control, or do not feel comfortable, or which make you in any way nervous or fearful. It is always a good policy to trust your instincts.
  • Avoid people who try to verbally overpower you and not allow you to make your own decisions. Always be assertive.
  • Find out as much as you possibly can about the person you are meting before the date. Where does he work, where does he live, who does he hang out with.


Date Rape Drugs.

  • Do not leave your drink unattended. Keep it within your sight at all times. Avoid putting it down while you are talking, hold it in your hand.
  • Do not ask someone, even a very good friend, to watch your drink for you, they may get distracted.
  • Discard unattended drinks.
  • If your drink taste strange in any way, discard it.
  • Do not accept a drink from someone unless you know them well and trust them completely. This includes drinks of any kind, not only alcohol.
  • If someone offers to buy a drink for you, go to the bar with them and watch the drink poured and prepared. Always get drinks from the bar and not from a waitress.
  • Avoid the punchbowl at parties, you do not know what has been mixed in.
  • Be aware of who is around you and what is going on around you at all times.
  • Always remember that alcohol alone, without anything being slipped into it, and even in small amounts, can effect your ability to make a decision.

How Does A Date Rapist Act?

He looks, and acts, like anyone at all. If someone is trying to persuade
you to do something they are usually friendly and charming. Same with a
date rapist.

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Date Rape Drugs. Do not leave your drink unattended. Keep it within your sight at all times.

They will try every trick in the book to get you somewhere private and to submit to their demands.

Just because someone is acting nice does not mean they have good intentions.

Someone
intent on date rape can be aggressive too, especially so if they have
some sort of authority, an employer for example.

They may badger you to
go on a date, banking on you not wanting to upset them by refusing. Then
when you are on the date that you did not want they may use the same
pressure to force sex with you.

Date rape can be committed by a partner that you have consented to having sex with on a prior occasion.

Just because you agreed to sex with the person last week it does not mean that you cannot refuse today. It is always your decision to make no matter how many times you may have consented to sex with that person in the past.

By being aware that rape is not only committed by strangers, not trusting others too easily and always being on your guard, you can enjoy an active social life and reduce the chances of being a victim of a date rapist.

To learn what you should do if you ever become a victim – Click Here

Throughout this page it is inferred that the date rapist is male and the
victim is female, because in the vast majority of cases they are. But
it must be remembered that it is not always so. Same sex date rape does
happen, and females can be abusers and males the victims.



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Date Rape.

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Make sure any self protection devices that you use are legal and that
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