Date Rape

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Date Rape

There are many questions concerning what date rape actually is. One criminal justice book states date rape is unlawful forced sexual intercourse with a female against her will which occurs within the context of a dating relationship ( Schmalleger 735). There are many other meanings that could define date rape, however this is from a legalistic point of view. Date rape occurs on almost every campus large or small, private or public, rural or urban. There are many elements that attribute to the causes of date rape: drugs and alcohol, miscommunication, and changing sexual mores.
Date rape often occurs with people that the victim knows and who would supposedly be their friends. This usually happens when the woman is alone with the man. It can occur when others are relatively close by such as outside a house, or downstairs in a house. The mix of drugs and alcohol are significant factors of date rape. They compromise your ability to make responsible decisions. Drinking has become a popular social activity amongst college students and has been seen throughout society as setting the mood for romance. After a few drinks a woman’s judgment is altered, and it is often difficult to push away sexual advances. Women can say that they drank too much or did too many drugs to know what exactly was happening. Many people will say that when alcohol is in their system, it disables your vision, allowing other people to become more appealing to the eye. This could be one of the reasons why date rape often occurs on college campuses at fraternity houses or bars. Between a woman’s lowered inhibitions and delayed reactions and a man’s raised confidence, it is often difficult to resist some sexual advances. Sometimes a woman will pass out and wake up with a man having sex on top of her. The woman would not even know that she was being raped if she hadn’t woken up. This also wouldn’t happen if she weren’t under the influence of alcohol or any other drug. Rohypnol (roofies) is referred to as the date rape drug. This drug is a sedative, meaning that it makes the person drowsy. Rohypnol is much stronger than any other sedative, making it illegal to prescribe or use in the United States. Looking like an aspirin, Rohypnol can easily be placed into a woman’s drink. The woman would not even know whether it was in her drink because it dissolves, and it is odorless and tasteless. The drug knocks you out so you have no idea what is happening, nor do you remember what had happened. Often Rohypnol is used in date rape because the woman wouldn’t even know that she was being raped, nor would she have denied sex. Alcohol and drugs play an important role in date rape, so a woman should be cautious when drinking and to whom and where her drinks are being placed.
Miscommunication is another important cause of date rape. The woman may act friendly, and the man would interpret that as an invitation to have sex. No can be heard as maybe and even a consistent and strong protest can be ignored, under the delusion that no can actually mean yes. For if the girl did not physically resist, then sex did indeed take place by clear and mutual consent (Rothbard 271). If communication about sexual intentions were clear and firm, it would be easier for the man to accept a woman’s decision. Advances by males, in almost any form, that do not receive clear and explicit consent are deemed coercive or assaultive (Gilbert 278). Acting in manners of flirtation and strong sexual signals, this often gives off the message of wanting sex, being assertive and cautious would help the miscommunication. Some men find it sexually exciting and kinky for a woman to struggle. If a woman’s protest isn’t very strong, a man may think that he is persuading her into having sex. The man will believe that the woman’s struggle is just an act of foreplay, urging sex to happen. Men have been taught early in their lives to turn no or maybe into a yes. Sometimes a woman isn’t sure if she wants to have

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