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What to do if you are Accused of Date Rape

Updated on October 15, 2014
by Ernst Austen
by Ernst Austen

If you have been accused of date rape, you are experiencing a nightmare come true.  Your emotions may be in such turmoil, you are unable to think clearly and unsure of what actions you should take.  If you find yourself in this precarious position, take a few deep breaths, calm down and read the followinginformation.  

Exactly what is Date Rape?

Date rape is a term that has been coined to mean non-consensual sexual activity between people who are already acquainted. The accusation could come from someone you work with, a classmate or just the girl next door. It does not necessarily mean an allegation by someone you have literally been dating. Date rape can occur on a date, at a social gathering or in a private setting.

You can be accused of date rape if you have sexual activity with anyone who is impaired by drugs or alcohol, who is asleep or is otherwise incapacitated

When many people hear the term date rape, they often think of drugs known as date rape drugs, or ‘roofies’. Alcohol, however, is still the most commonly used drug accused of use during substance-enabled sexual assaults.

Of course, sometimes accusations of date rape are completely unfounded. People have been accused of date rape for a variety of reasons that had nothing to do with sex. The proclaimed victim could be motivated by jealousy, anger or resentment. Unfortunately, it may be necessary to prove your innocence.

Accused Date Rapists Face Serious Consequences

Anyone accused of date rape faces the possibility of serious consequences that will haunt them the rest of their lives.  If you are convicted, you could be incarcerated for a lengthy period, ordered to pay fines and victim restitution and mandated to register as a sex offender.  Even worse than the penalties determined by the court system, however, are the punishments delivered by society.  Convicted sex offenders often find it difficult to find a job or a place to live.  The conviction can cause a bank to turn down your application for a loan and damage your ability to pursue your career.  Worst of all, many of your family and friends will no longer allow you to be a part of their lives.  They will treat you as an outcast and abandon your relationship.  

Your Best Defense

If you have been accused of date rape, you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself.  It is vital that you contact an attorney who is experienced in defending those accused of sexual assaults.  Date rape is a very easy charge to make but one that can have devastating consequences.  Many innocent people have fallen victim to false accusations of date rape.  It is essential that you find an knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who is committed to fight to prove your innocence.  You can handle some legal situations without the aid of an attorney.  Being accused of date rape is not one of them.   

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      BMD 6 years ago

      2% is the statistic used in criminal justice classes such as Victimology, actually.

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      SarahS 7 years ago

      Agreed. Where does 2% come from? very suspect just posting a statistic without any backup.

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      DanQ 7 years ago

      The 2% staistic is an internet urban legend... there are no actual studies to back it up.

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      whitneyrenee 7 years ago

      "Of course, sometimes accusations of date rape are completely unfounded. People have been accused of date rape for a variety of reasons that had nothing to do with sex. The proclaimed victim could be motivated by jealousy, anger or resentment."

      While this is possible, I'd also like to point out that less than 2% of rapes reported to the police are false. This does not include the cases that were dropped due to a lack of evidence. The vast majority of women (and men, too) don't make it a common practice to cry "rape".

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