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    Date Rape - Avoiding Acquaintance Rape

     These additional tips will help you understand what steps you can take to prevent becoming a victim of acquaintance rape.

    • If you’re going on a date, stay sober! Alcohol impairs judgment and memory, and victims of rape who were intoxicated may have their credibility attacked in court.
    • Drive your own car and ask to meet your date in a public place. If he hesitates, don’t waiver. If you do accept a ride from a date, always carry some extra cash or “mad money” so that you can call a cab if you need to cut the date short.
    • For men, if the woman says “no” take her word for it. Never assume she is playing “hard to get” or that she means “maybe”.
    • For women, if you mean no, say so and be prepared to assert your refusal if your date persists. Learn self-defense techniques that provide you with an option if you are attacked.
    • If you are raped, report the crime immediately to the police. Many victims delay reporting the crime for days or even weeks. This makes it difficult to catch and successfully prosecute the offender. After reporting it to the police, share what happened with close friends and family—the people who can offer the needed emotional support to help you cope with such a crisis. To arrange a group presentation and discussion on date rape, call the Community Relations Unit at 310-458-8474.


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