Rape

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Rape and Date RapeRape is non-consensual, meaning unwelcomed, or aggravated, forced sex. Date rape is more often than not committed by an individual that you know. Regardless of whether or not this person is your friend, your boyfriend or girlfriend, if you do not wish to engage in any sexual act and they force you it is considered rape.


Rape Facts

  • A victim of rape is never, under any circumstance, to blame. The responsibility lies SOLELY on the rapist.
  • You can absolutely be a victim of rape in a consensual relationship.
  • It is not an act of love, but instead one of aggression and violence.
  • In no way has a victim of rape brought the rape on themselves. It does not matter what you were wearing or if you “lead someone on.” “No” means “no.”
  • Rape is not always about sex. The rapist is usually trying to exert power over their victims.
  • Even though women are most commonly the victims of rape; men can also be victims as well.
  • Rape can include someone using physical or emotional tactics to force the victim to engage in sexual activities. Rapists can also be people in authoritative positions who use their power and authority to make someone have sex with them.
  • Rape can also be when the victim is in an altered state of mind, drugged or drunk, therefore they are unable to give reliable consent.

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Ways to Be Safe

  • Your own gut intuition is your strongest tool. If something or someone feels off or you feel uncomfortable, then listen to the vibe and get away as soon as possible.
  • Always carry a working cell phone, so you can call for help
  • Don’t ever get into the car with strangers or people you don’t know very well
  • Go on group dates
  • Never drink out of a communal bowl or a drink you did not see physically poured and handed to you. If a drink has left your sight, consider it tainted, and throw it away.
  • If ever placed into a dangerous situation, make a lot of noise and try to get away.
  • Report any instance of date rape or attempted rape to the police.

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If you are the victim of rape

  • Get medical help and go to the emergency room immediately. The ER physician will conduct a physical exam and will try to collect any evidence- this is called a rape kit.
  • Do not use the restroom, shower, or change clothes before seeking help. By doing so you can destroy any evidence.
  • Do not touch anything at the crime scene where the rape occurred
  • Get counseling to help you through the emotional trauma experienced

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Date Rape Drugs

Date rape drugs are drugs that incapacitate a victim. The most commonly used date rape drugs are:

  • Rohypnol: Also known as “forget pill” or “roofies.” It is usually a pill that gets dissolved or crushed in drinks. It can discolor the drink
    • Its effects are often described as “paralyzing”
    • Effects begin anywhere between 20-30 minutes after taking the drug and can last for up to 12 hours.
    • The person can experience loss of muscle control, confusion, drowsiness and amnesia.
  • GHB: Also known as “cherry meth,” “easy lay,” “g” or “liquid ecstasy. It can come in liquid, powder, or pill form and may make drinks taste salty.
  • Ketamine: Also known as “special K,” “black hole,” or “cat valium.” It can be both in liquid and powder form.
  • Ecstasy: Also known as “Molly,” it increases your energy levels, euphoria, emotional warmth, and empathy towards others. It can distort your senses and perception of time.
  • Alcohol: Also considered a date rape drug. It can impair judgment and make someone do things they wouldn’t typically in a sober state of mind.

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Important Resources

  • Rape Crisis Center: San Antonio’s Rape Crisis Center offers free counseling services to survivors of sexual assault. For information, visit www.RapeCrisis.com.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: This free, confidential and anonymous hotline connects you with your nearest RAAIN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) member center. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
  • Texas Civil Rights Project: An Austin-based non profit that provides free legal and social services to those in need. For more information, call 512-474-5073 or visit TexasCivilRightsProject.org.

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