Date Rape

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Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, someone is sexually assaulted. Of these approximately 248,000 victims, about 87,000 were victims of completed rape, and 70,000 were victims of sexual assault. Up to 4,315 pregnancies may have resulted from these attacks. Calculations based on the (National Crime Victimization Survey). Rape is often misunderstood. For one reason rapist are usually portrayed as a stranger, his motivation is entirely sexual, and the victim is always a young and sexy female. The truth is not all rapes are the same. The victim doesn't have to be a young beautiful Female, older woman, men and kids get raped to. The victims, rapists, and motivation can be very different depending on the one committing the crime. Date rape is a controversial and ambiguous crime. There has been much debate regarding the definition, prevalence, and importance of date rate in the past couples of years. This uncertainty is evident in the attitudes of date rape victims and offenders. Rape in marriages was only criminalized in the 1970's. This is a reflection of the tolerance in our society towards rape in intimate relationships. Very few cases are even prosecuted in court.

Sexual assault includes any sexual activity carried out against the will of the victim through the use of violence, coercion, intimidation even if it did not end in penetration (ABS 1996). Rape doesn't have to always be penetration but can be the fondling of ones genitals without the victim willingly allowing them to. Date rape is a type of sexual assault where the victim and the offender are in, or have been in, some form of personal or social relationships, ranging from a first date to a long-term relationship. Date rape may involve sex that leaves the victim feeling confused and traumatized. The victims are usually confused because they are still thinking about how they knew the assailant from work, mutual friends, or at school. The issue of sexual consent is a big problem of date rape. Any...
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