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Causes and Effects of Date Rape

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There are many different types of rape. But the kind that is most common among teens is Date Rape. There are many sittuations and causes that lead to date rape: Parties that include alcohol or drugs or being alone and unsupervised on a date with a person just met. There might not even be a cause just that the person dated was a dangerous person.

To elaborate on this subject we'll use a story of a girl and her date rape. We'll describe the date and the cause of the rape then describe the effects after the rape.

A sixteen year old girl, Lani, had finally got a date with her crush of two years and was ecstatic! But she had given him too much credit as the sweetest guy on earth. They went to a house party and there was lots of alcohol there. Trying to be the responsible person she was Lani drank punch instead but what she didn't know was that the punch had been spiked. Lani ended up getting half drunk. She told her crush she didn't feel well. "How about we go upstairs and lay down for a while until you feel better?" Not knowing what he intended she agreed. Staggering around the bedroom Lani laughed at herself and plopped on the bed. Sitting on the bed her crush tried to kiss her. "No. Not now. I don't feel good." Assuming she was playing hard to get he kissed her again. "No." Lani repeated and ignoring her protest he held her to the bed. She struggled and kept saying "No." The alcohol was taking over and her head was spinning. She wasn't able to fight him off.

The next day Lani could only remember a few bits and pieces of the night before but she knew what happened. She eventually reported he rape and her crush-rapist was thrown in prison. But the effects of her rape will never go away. She still has nightmares and is afraid to go to sleep at night. She has to go to counseling where she feels like she is reliving her rape all over again. Lani has moved on with her life but her life will never be the same again.

Most victims of rape are women. The men that rape women do it to feel powerful and in control. Those men see women as a way to get that power and control. Bad influences and atmospheres lead to those kind of men and they lead to the rapes of women.



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