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Shocking News: Juries Don't Believe Date Rape Exists

Shocking News: Juries Don't Believe Date Rape Exists

Date rape is more common than you might think, and statistics show that one in six women will be sexually assaulted in a lifetime. Of those assaults, only 19 percent are reported to the police, which is why recent news shows that it's tough to prosecute sexual predators.


Of all the stranger-rape cases that do make it to court, 68 percent end with a conviction. For acquaintance-rape cases, that number is much lower — only 35 percent. Part of the reason is that juries don't think the notion of date rape exists. In the 70s, most reported rape cases were committed by strangers, so jurors and judges have an image in their mind that a rapist is some crazy lunatic who hides in the bushes and prances on unsuspecting victims. They assume the victim will have bruises and broken bones, and she'll notify the police right away, but as we all know, that's not always the case. Rape situations are much different now. Many victims know their attacker and often times, they are given date-rape drugs so they'll be unable to fight back or say no. These drugs can make details foggy for the victim, so she may not go to the police (right away or at all) because she's unsure of what happened.

I know this is frighting news, but there's still something you can do. To find out what it is read more.

If you suspect you were a victim of date rape, go to a hospital immediately. Do not shower; you don't want to wash away any evidence. The doctor or nurse will administer a rape kit to collect semen, saliva, clothing fibers, strands of hair, and other evidence, and will make a report of your story. This is your best weapon at proving the rape happened so the police or court system can convict your attacker, which will keep you and other women safe.

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