The Psychology of Date Rape

Rape is defined as sexual acts performed by or on another without consent.  The acts may include vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or oral intercourse.  Rape may involve various parts of the physical body or other objects external to the body.  Rape involves threat or force and a failure of consent or the ability to give consent.  Failure to give consent may be because of age or one’s mental ability to consent.  For instance, a minor child cannot consent to sexual intercourse with a majority age person nor can a female who has been drugged consent to sexual intercourse even if she is of majority age.

In the lifetime of females 1 out of three at some point either have experienced or will experience rape according to The National Institute of Health.  Even more tragic from 80% to 90% of all rapes are never reported.  Although men, women or children of all ages are candidates for rape, the majority of rape victims are 16 to 24 years of age and are female.  Because this is also a very fertile age for dating, females are more often in an environment where they may “feel” safe but are really a high profile target for Date Rape.

In Date Rape the rapist actually knows the individual and plans his attack.  The victim may know the rapist from school, study groups, social settings, neighborhoods or even church or shopping trips.  Over 50% of rapes take place in the victims home and access surprisingly is granted because the rapist was given access under false pretense of being a friend, needing help, etc.

Although behavioral changes vary from victim to victim, here are some of the more common traits found in victims of regular and date rape:

1.  A loss of emotional control and an appearance of being confused

2.  Unexplained crying and a feeling of being numb

3.  Being afraid, being angry, being very hostile suddenly toward others

4.  Abnormal anxiety and laughter that is not in line with the environment

5.  Disrupted sleep and eating habits

6.  Sudden isolation from friends and family

In any college year at least 35 students per 1,000 are raped annually.  The time of many rapes is reported to be after midnight by most college students.  Date rape is not unusual to occur by multiple attackers at the same time.

Be aware that rape victims may not seek medical attention for being raped directly but may show up at hospitals or with others complaining of headaches, insomnia, anxiety attacks, etc.

Be very alert and careful about being in an all alone environment with males.  It is not unusual for other females to set up the date rape for male friends.  Be equally cautious around females you really don’t know well and watch out for what is put into your drinks and food.  If for any reason you must leave a glass of beverage unattended, order a new one.  It is safer to spend $1.75 for a glass of soda than to spend the rest of your life struggling with rape.

 

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