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What is date rape?

Date rape is when someone you know socially (but not family) makes you have sex when you don’t want to. It could be someone you meet at a party, or someone you love and trust, like your boyfriend.

They might use physical and verbal threats, emotional blackmail, or alcohol and drugs to force or trick you into having sex.

And it’s not just sexual intercourse − it can be oral sex or some other kind of sex. You may even agree to have sex with someone and then decide that you want to stop, but they force you to keep going.

Date rape can happen to women of all ages but young women between 15 and 24 are at highest risk.

While it’s mostly women who are raped, guys can be victims of date rape too. And, as with female victims, guys are usually assaulted by other men.

Sexual assault is a crime … Whoever commits it, or however it happens, sex that you have not freely agreed to is rape. Rape has nothing to do with love − it’s about power and control.


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