Rape: What is it?

Rape is the act of engaging in sexual intercourse with another individual who has not agreed to do so. Sexual intercourse is considered to be any act of sexual penetration involving the mouth, vagina, or anus. The penetration can be performed with any sort of object, not necessarily with a penis. Anyone can be a victim of rape: male or female, young or old. The most commonly targeted demographic, however, is the young female, falling in the age range of 16-24.

How Does One Become a Rape Victim?

As mentioned, anyone has the potential to be victimized by an act of rape. Statistics have shown that the majority of rapes offenders have at least been acquainted with the victims prior to raping them. The majority of these incidents also occur within relative proximity of one’s home, usually one mile or less.

There are several different tactics used by rapists in order to force others to engage in sexual intercourse with them. Many times, drugs and alcohol are used to inhibit the target’s ability to protest or fight back. “Date rape drugs,” substances such as rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine, can be slipped into one’s drink and will cause the victim to become confused, weak, or even lose consciousness. Alcohol is also an inhibitor of one’s ability to comprehend or control the situation, and is therefore another widely used drug in the act of rape.

Violence or threats are the most common methods used to force a victim to submit to being raped. This is obviously a more aggressive means of committing this crime, but it also requires less on the part of the rapist.

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