Date Rape Prevention Tips
Date rape is a topic that few people are truly comfortable discussing. Below are some things you should remember about date and acquaintance rape . . . whether you are male or female.
Date rape is a power trip.
Rapists aren't always strangers.
Date rape is about power, control, and anger--not romance and passion.
When someone you know--a date, boyfriend, or casual friend-- forces you to have sex, it's still rape.
Date rape is a serious crime. It's a betrayal of trust and can leave long-lasting emotional injuries.
Let's look at sexual stereotyping and how men and women talk to each other.
Although things are changing, society still frequently encourages men to be competitive and aggressive and teaches women to be passive and avoid confrontation,
Men often misunderstand a woman's words and actions -- the "She said no, but she meant yes" excuse.
Some people still believe that it's okay for a man to demand sex if he buy a woman dinner or gifts, and that it's not wrong for a man to rape a woman who previously had sex with him or other men.
As a Woman, You Can...
Talk openly about sex, and keep talking as you get deeper into a relationship.
Be careful not to let alcohol or other drugs decrease your ability to take care of yourself and make sensible decisions.