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What is Date Rape?

While date rape can apply to people of all ages, more often than not, it’s teens and college students who are accused of date rape. Since the whole concept of “date rape” can be confusing for high school students and young adults, we wanted to shed some light on the subject.

When people think of rape, they often think about a man dressed in black climbing into the bedroom window of a first floor apartment in the middle of the night and attacking a woman. But that’s not how it always happens.

According to the Nemours Foundation, about half of the rape victims know their attackers, and “knowing” the attacker is what sets date rape apart from stranger rapes.

Date rape is forced sexual intercourse, otherwise known as rape or sexual assault, and it can happen at a party or on a date. Often, the attacker is someone that the victim is familiar with, likes, or has an interest in.

Seeing Through the ‘Blurred’ Lines

If you were on a date with someone, you had sex and now she’s accusing you of rape, you may be upset and confused by the accusations, especially if you thought the sex was consensual. Since there can be a fine line between consensual sex and rape, it’s important to be able to see through the “blurred” lines.

What you need to know about rape:

  • The rape victim is not to blame. An attractive female doesn’t “ask for it” because of the clothes she wears or because she was flirtatious. Under the law, it’s rape if it’s forced and against the victim’s will. This is true, even if you’re married or dating.
  • Rape does not have to be violent to be considered rape or sexual assault. If she says “no” and you don’t respect her wishes or take advantage of her, it’s considered rape.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Rape

There’s no doubt that things can get more complicated when alcohol and drugs are involved, especially when a date becomes more flirtatious after a few drinks. Since alcohol and drugs are so prominent in our society, they are linked to date rape on many levels.

When people drink, it reduces their inhibitions and common sense, and for some males, it can make them become unusually aggressive. They may do things under the influence that they wouldn’t normally do when they’re sober.

Another issue is date rape drugs: popular date rape drugs include rohypnol (roofies, lunch money, mind erasers), GHB (cherry meth, gook, energy drink), and ketamine, also known as bump, special K, and super acid. When these drugs are covertly put into a drink, they can be nearly undetectable.

Often, date rape drugs are slipped into a dark colored drink, such as a Diet Coke or a dark beer, or a guy puts them into a drink in a dark room. These drugs lead to weakness and confusion, and can cause people to black out and not remember anything that happened while the drug was in their system.

Special note for guys: If you’re on a date, you must be aware of her ability to “consent” to sex. If she is drinking or doing drugs, or passed out, you can be charged with sexual assault under the Texas Penal Code, even if you did not intend to rape her.

Facing date rape charges in Plano or Dallas? Contact our firm for an aggressive defense!