Date rape is a misleading term which describes a serious crime that is misunderstood and under-reported. Rape, regardless of who commits it, is a felony sexual assault that leaves the victim injured and traumatized. Victims of rape, especially when committed by an acquaintance, often feel a sense of responsibility for the attack and don’t report the crime to the police. Acquaintance rape is fostered by the common sex role stereotype that men should be competitive and aggressive while women should be yielding and passive. Experts advise women to be open and assertive from the start to prevent any misunderstanding with their date.
Meanwhile, men must realize they do not have the right to force a woman to have sex just because they paid for her dinner or drinks.
Avoiding Acquaintance Rape