Date Rape: Protecting Yourself from Danger

date rapeDate rape is the term used for non-consensual sexual activity between two individuals who know each other previously. The unwanted action happens during seemingly normal or regular interaction between the individuals, such as a date, when one individual forcibly initiates the act.

There is no single method used by the perpetrators of date rape to assail their victims, but they do use similar ploys: persuasion. Persuasion is an internal process used by abusers to manipulate the way their victims think and behave.

Thus we say that it is up to the victim whether she will allow herself to be persuaded or not, but often, victims of date rape unintentionally participate in the persuasion ploys used by their assailants to woe them.

Vulnerability and Date Rape

Initially, avoiding going to social gatherings and functions were perceived as means to avoid date rape but experts on teen dating violence say that this is not always the case.

According to them, access to a private place may indeed give a boy or a man the opportunity to assault his date, but more than this, the frame of mind of the girl is also important because teenage girls who are easily persuaded are also likely targets of date rape.

Warning Signs

More often than not, the motives of the boy who plans something sexually forbidden against his date will manifest itself prior to the event that he would have to actually carry out his plan. Boys who have a tendency to force sexual favors from his date are typically the aggressive type of boys.

In a nutshell, a girl can easily tell whether the touch, gaze or words uttered by the boy is tainted with malice or not. Her decision to neglect these warning signs by going out with the same boy again and/or allowing that boy to take her to a secluded place make her an easy target for date rape.

Date Rape Drugs

Since rape is sexual coercion, girls understandably fight off their dates’ obvious intent for molestation. In order to avoid this, the perpetrators of date rape, especially those who have done this crime more than once, rely on drugs to incapacitate their victims.

Rohypnol, also known as the date rape drug, is a tasteless, odorless substance that dissolves completely into a drink. It is a cheap drug that is easily accessible and costs not more than a few dollars.

Teenage girls are likely targets of male violence because they offer less resistance. Luckily, this stereotype does not hold true for all teenage girls. Don’t be a vulnerable teen; don’t be a target for sexual abuse. You have the ability to fend off the perpetrators of date rape so arm yourself with a sharp instinct and an active mind.

 

 
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