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Date Rape

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  • Rapists are not always strangers. When someone you know - a date, steady boyfriend, or casual friend forces you to have sex, it is still rape.

    Preventing Date Rape
     

    As a woman, you can...
    • Be careful not to let alcohol or other drugs decrease your ability to take care of yourself and make sensible decisions.
    • Trust your feelings. If a place or the way your date acts makes you nervous or uneasy, get out!
    • Check out a first date or blind date with friends. Meet in and go to public places. Carry money for a phone call or taxi, or take your own car.
    • Don't leave a social event with someone you've just met or don't know well.
    • Do not accept beverages from someone you don't know and trust. Always watch your drink and never leave it unattended.

    As a man, you can...
    • Accept a woman's decision when she says "no." Do not see it as a challenge.
    • Ask yourself how sexual stereotypes affect your attitudes and actions toward women.
    • Avoid clouding your judgment and understanding of what another person wants by using alcohol and other drugs.
    • Realize that forcing a woman to have sex against her will is rape, a violent crime with serious consequences.
    • Never be drawn into gang rapes.
    • Seek counseling or a support group to help you deal with feelings or violence and aggression toward women.

    What are "date rape" drugs? 
     
    They are called date rape drugs because when they are slipped into someone's drink, a sexual assault can take place with the victim being unable to remember what happened.
    • GHB - (also known as "Liquid X," "salt water," or "scoop.") Its effects are drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, coma and death. Its most common form is a clear liquid, although it can also be a white, grainy powder.
    • Alcohol - even though people don't consider this a "drug," it is the most commonly used substance to facilitate date rape.

     
    If a date rape happens
    • Get help. Don't isolate yourself, don't feel guilty and don't try to ignore it. It is a crime and should be reported.
    • Get medical attention as soon as possible. Do not shower, wash, douche or change your clothes. Valuable evidence could be destroyed.

    For more information, please email: publicsafety@njcu.edu or call 201-200-3127 / 3128.