Date Rape:
My goal is to make teens more aware of how common Date Rape is and to show how it can affect a teen victim. I also want to make it easier for teens to get help.

1. DATE RAPE: In my opinion rape is an individual taking advantage of another individual in a sexual way. What many people don't realize is that most often the rapist is someone you know. Rape is something that is not only physically damaging (you need to get checked for STD's and make sure there is no internal damage) but also mentally damaging. When someone breaks a leg they need to go to the doctor and the doctor will tell them to wear a cast for six weeks then he's all set and healed. With rape it's way different, rape is something that you need to go through therapy for. There is no time limit saying in six weeks you will be able to eat again and in another month you will be fully healed. Rape can take days, weeks, months, and even years to heal. Rape is something that you don't forget, no matter what you can't get rid of what happened and there is no way to forget about it. When dealing with rape you need to confront the problem, think about what exactly happened and realize that no matter what people say, it's not your fault. Many rapists try to say "she was asking for it" or "she wanted it," when in fact no one wants to be raped. No matter how someone dresses or talks doesn't mean they wanted it. No one deserves to go through this emotional pain and if someone does experience this they should take it at their own pace. If they are ready to talk about it, they will. If they want to report the rape, they will. If they don't want their parents to find out, they won't report it. This is something that will emotionally wreck someone, causing them to lose sleep, have bad dreams, be afraid around the other gender, and stop eating. Rape is something that for some people is very hard to talk about, they will distance themselves from their peers however, for others, they want to be closer and talk about it with people because they are afraid to be left alone. The one thing that bothers me most with rape is that teens have to tell their parents or nothing can happen to the rapist. If a teen (under age 18) wanted to report being raped, their parents would have to be notified. If a girl was raped, she can't legally leave school to get checked for STD's unless she has a parents note, there should be ways around this.

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2. Facts- Date rape is more common than people realize. Date rape does not mean that the person that you are dating has raped you. Date rape means that someone you know has raped you. Date rape can occur with an acquaintance, friend, or even your boyfriend or girlfriend. A victim of rape can be male or female, although it is more frequent in females. 7-10% of cases are males. Often times when teens think of rape, they think of what they have seen in movies. In movies, rape is always by a stranger who is lurking in the shadows, jumps out of nowhere and attacks you. This is rare. Rape most frequently occurs by someone you know, and usually have known for a long time.

1) What is rape?
Rape is forced sex between two or more people when any of the people involved do not want it.
2) What are influences of rape?
Drugs and Alcohol play a huge role.
a. Alcohol- When you drink alcohol you must be careful and always watch your drink. When people drink they can get very aggressive, and don’t always use common sense. Drinking too much can be a problem too. If you drink too much you may black out which gives a rapist the perfect opportunity to strike.
b. Drugs- As all of us know, drugs are very common and easy to get. The drug known as the “date rape drug” is called Rohypnol, which is more commonly known as “Roofies.” Roofies are small tablets that can easily be slipped into drinks if you’re not watching out.
Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is another drug that is easy to slip into drinks. This drug is available in liquid or powder form. Both of the drugs mentioned cause a person to black out and/or forget what has happened. These drugs can also give blurred vision and make the victim feel “paralyzed”. Mixing these drugs is not only dangerous, but it can kill.

Teens Health/The Nemours Foundation, Date Rape/1995-2009,, 12/15/2009 Pg. 1-4

3.Drug Facts-
  • Takes 30 minutes to kick in
  • Lasts for several hours
  • Makes you look/act like a drunk
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble standing
  • Possibly pass out
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Motor movements difficulty
  • Drunk feeling
  • Talking problems
  • Nausea
  • Loss of memory
  • Black out
  • Confusion
  • Problems seeing
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Blood Pressure lowers
  • Stomach problems
  • Death

· Home made remedy
· Takes only 15 minutes to kick in
· Lasts for 3 or 4 hours
· Only a little bit is needed to have a huge effect

· Dizziness
· Drowsiness
· Relaxation
· Nausea
· Vision problems
· Black out
· Seizures
· Loss of memory
· Loss of breathe
· Tremors
· Sweating
· Vomiting
· Decreased heart rate
· Coma
· Feels like a dream
· Death

  • Happens quickly
  • Aware of what’s happening but body is paralyzed
  • Memory loss
  • Sight and hearing problems
  • Time and Identity identification problems
  • Out of body experiences
  • Feels like dreaming
  • Feeling out of control
  • Motor function disability
  • Loss of breathe
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Uncoordinated
  • Aggressive/violent behavior
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Slurred speech

Are these legal?
Rohypnol is not legal in the US however is used for medical purposes in Europe and Mexico for sleeping conditions and anesthesia before surgeries.

Katamine is legal in the US but is mostly used on animals as an anesthetic.

GHB is as of recently legal in the US. It is restrictedly used for sleep disorders.

Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Women’s health, Date Rape Drugs December 5th, 2008,, 1/14/10, whole article

4. What motivates a rapist to rape? How will the victim react?

What motivates one to rape?
I'm going to use men as an example.... no this does not only happen with men.
Rape is caused by the desire to control another... claims that women have been raped because they did not obey what the men told them to do. Everyone likes to have a little control but when does that get to be over the top? I can understand letting your voice be heard or taking leadership in some cases. I think rape is over the top and is by no means justifiable.
Some say that rape is due to sexual desires... studies show that most men do not ejaculate during rape. Instead take out their anger in this manor. Rape happens to the elderly, adults, teens, and even babies.On some level I can see how there could be a desire with someone you're attracted to but I don't think many people are attracted to the elderly or babies.
Personally, I think everyone should have the right to say no to sex. It doesn't matter if someone is your girlfriend that doesn't mean they're going to do everything you ask for. If you're dating someone you should show your love and affection by not pressuring them into anything and waiting until both partners are ready.

Greynium Information Technologies, one india, Why Men Rape? November 26th, 2009,, 1/14/10, whole article

How would a victim react?
Everyone will act differently depending on the situation. Someone who has been raped by a stranger with a knife will act differently than someone who was raped by someone they knew. Many people will be afraid to be in the car, streets, their home and alone. For a victim attacked with a knife, being afraid someone would open their car door, or snatch them as they walk by an alleyway, or break into their home is very logical. Although this is probably something that won't happen, it could happen and the victim is much more cautious. Many women begin to see themselves differently. They may think of themselves as dirty or contaminated and think others see them this way too.

There are different stages after being raped including:

Unknown, Life Line, About domestic Violence, Unknown,, 1/14/10, whole article

My next topics:
What others can do to help
what you can do to help yourself
what would a doctor do for you
how to cope with what is going on
disorders/diseases you can get
legal abortion rights....
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Focus on the Family, Focus on Social Issues, Frequently asked Questions: Parental Involvement in Minor Abortions June 14th, 2005,, 1/14/10, Section 1

The main problem that I have with rape is minors rights. If a minor wanted to report a crime they could not do it with out their parents knowing. Many minors don't report these types of crimes to the police because they feel it would bring more problems at home. Minors should be able to report crimes, giving their rapist the punishment they deserve. Maybe the minor doesn't want to punish them instead just wants it to go on their record incase it happens again. Often times a rapist will get away with one rape, realize how easy that was and continue doing it. One could rape five minors and all of them might not tell because they 1) don't have a good relationship with their parents 2) Don't want to feel like their parents are going to hold that against them 3) Just don't want their parents to know.
Help minors feel more comfortable reporting these crimes, they are serious, they should be reported. Put parents aside, minors deserve these kinds of rights.

Arguments in Support of Parental Involvement Laws

  • Pro-life groups hope these laws will make it more difficult for young women to obtain abortions.
  • Abortion is an emotional and difficult decision for many women, and parents can counsel and support their young daughters through this decision.
  • Abortion is a medical procedure, and a potentially risky one. Parents should be involved in medical decisions.
  • Minors do not have the same privacy rights as adults, and therefore they do not have the legal right to keep an abortion secret from their parents.
  • Teenage girls can be pressured into abortions from their sexual partners. In some cases, older sexual partners may pressure young women into abortions to conceal statutory rape. Parents can help prevent this pressure.

Arguments Against Parental Involvement Laws

  • Pro-choice groups oppose these laws because they see them as a means of eroding the legality of abortion as established by Roe vs. Wade.
  • Parental notification calls into question right-to-privacy issues. The question over whether a minor is mature enough to make a decision about abortion is subjective and should not be legislated.
  • Not all teenagers are fortunate enough to have supportive parents. Parental notification may make girls vulnerable to physical and emotional violence.
  • Judicial bypass laws are problematic. They are implemented differently in each state and often are subject to the ideological leanings of a judge. In addition, judicial bypass requirements can be time-consuming. Abortions are safest when performed early in a pregnancy, so the time needed to appeal to a judge is a serious health concern.
  • Parental involvement laws may increase the likelihood of illegal and dangerous “back alley” abortions.
  • A study by The New York Times (March 6, 2006) found that parental involvement laws have little or no effect on either teen pregnancy or teen abortion rates. In some cases, parental involvement may lead to added pressure from parents to get abortions.

I have taken this information directly off of this website:

Pregnancy and Child Birth, Suite 101, Parental Consent and Notification May 3rd, 2007,, 1/14/10, Sections 2 and 3 with bullets

Although this has to do with parental involvement for many different conflicts, this is still exactly where I would like to take this project to a whole new level. There has not been much done about exactly what I would like to address but there has been for similar topics. If parents don't have to be involved in abortion why should they have to be involved in rape? Since I am a minor, and therefore do not have voting rights this is the closest I can come to making a difference for victims in NYS.