A recent national survey indicated that 15% of women students on college campuses will become victims of rape and 11% will be victims of attempted rape.
Other recent studies have produced similar results:
- 84% of the women who had been raped knew their assailants.
- 57% of the incidents had occurred during dates.
- 73% of the assailants and 55% of the victims had used alcohol or other drugs prior to the assault.
Unfortunately, sexual battery, also known as rape, is a subject surrounded by misinformation. The information presented here is intended to help you understand the facts. Armed with facts you can make the best choices for your situation.
Date/acquaintance rape occurs when an individual is forced by someone he or she knows to participate in unwanted sexual activity.
Threats and intimidation, administration of alcohol or other drugs, as well as physical force or restraint is often present in an acquaintance rape situation. Acquaintance rape is the most common form of rape on college campuses.
Acquaintance rape occurs most often during or after social events such as parties at bars, fraternity/sorority parties, or other places where students may congregate while using alcohol or drugs. It can even occur on a date.
There are expectations about what men's and women's roles should be, and at times these expectations conflict with true feelings.
It is the responsibility of both men and women to communicate their feelings directly and to respect each other's right to say NO.
Always remember, no means no.