According to the Florida Statute 794.011 (H), sexual assault or rape is defined
as oral, anal or vaginal penetration or union with the sexual organ of another,
or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; however, this
does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose. In other words,
when someone violates another person in the ways described above, the crime of
sexual assault has been committed.
Sexual violence is among the most clandestine crimes in the United States.
While the problem is rampant, victims are often shamed into feeling that what
has happened to them is their fault. As a result, victims may wait years, or
their entire lives, without telling anyone. Though the statistics that follow
may be shocking, they provide only a partial glimpse of reality. There remain
many more victims who suffer in silence.
out of three women and one out of six men will be
raped in their lifetimes.
than two million cases of child abuse are reported
annually and 40% of these cases involve sexual abuse.
percent of rapes are ever reported to the police.
percent of rapes are committed by someone who the
female rape victims, sixty-one percent are under
the age of eighteen.
percent of gay men and lesbians reported at least
one incident of coercion by same-sex partners.
percent of men reported being the victim of an attempted
or completed rape.
- In the
U.S. a woman is raped every two minutes.
out of every five women in college reports being
forced to have sexual intercourse.
developmentally disabled adults, eighty-three percent
of females and thirty-two percent of males are victims
of sexual assault.
- An estimated
302,100 women and 92,700 men are forcibly raped each
year in the United States.
kits are often shelved and left untouched in laboratories
for years. In the state of New York estimates put
the number of kits currently backlogged up to 500,00.
by a perpetrator known to the victim. Teenagers and young
women are especially vulnerable to acquaintance rape.
Many acquaintance rapes are initiated by the perpetrator
with the intention of having sex. When the victim resists
the perpetrator’s advances, the perpetrator uses
more aggressive measures to ensure compliance.
Contrary to popular belief, rape can occur in marriages.
This is often a difficult fact to reconcile with the
traditional view of marriage, which asserts that a wife
cannot deny sexual relations with her husband. Until
recently, many state rape statutes excluded spouses,
making it legal for a husband to rape his wife.
Rape by a person who is a complete stranger to the
victim. Contrary to popular belief, statistics show that
stranger rape occurs substantially less frequently than
This type of rape is perpetuated by a group of offenders
that “take turns” assaulting a victims. Group
members may also participate by forcing the victim to
submit, (by physical force or threat), while other group
members commit the rape. The motivation for a gang rapist
is to assert his “manhood” and power, and
gain acceptance by a group of his peers. While it is
feasible for women to commit gang rape, research supports
to the notion that males represent the overwhelming majority
as culprits of gang and other types of rape.
rape drugs are substances that can be used illegally
to take advantage of a person. They can be slipped into
a drink without the victim knowing, and within minutes
they can cause a variety of effects ranging from dizziness
to a lack of consciousness. There are many different
types of date rape drugs. Some of the most common include:
people don’t think of alcohol as a date rape
drug. Ironically, it can be one of the most dangerous
drugs because it is easily accessible and commonly
used in social settings.
on the streets as ruffies, roachies, rope,
rib, Mexican Valium and R-2, this drug is physically
addictive and approximately 10 times stronger
than valium. Rohypnol can be lethal in combination
with alcohol. Its effects include drowsiness,
impaired motor skills, impaired judgment, dizziness,
confusion, amnesia, nausea, and blackouts.
(Gamma Hydroxbutyrate): Originally
developed as an anesthetic, GHB is widely manufactured
in home labs or in kitchens. Known as Liquid
E, Liquid X, Cherry Meth, and Easy Lay, GHB
has been used for the treatment of narcolepsy,
opiate dependency, and as a performance-enhancing
additive to body building formulas. GHB is
a central nervous system depressant that is
abused for its intoxicating effects. The side
effects include nausea, dizziness, a slow heart
beat, decreased respiratory effort and low
to as Special K, Ket, Vitamine K and Kit Kat,
Ketamine is a fast-acting veterinary anesthetic.
This substance can come in a variety of forms
ranging from a liquid to a powder.
RELATED RAPE :
HOW TO AVOID IT AND WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS
Drug Related Date Rape
is important to remember that date rape and all other
kinds of sexual assault are NEVER the victim’s
fault. There are ways, however, to minimize the chances
of being victimized by drug related rape. Here are a
leave beverages unattended;
accept any beverage (alcohol or soda) from a stranger
or a person you don’t trust;
a bar or club, only accept drinks directly from
a bartender and request that drinks be made or
opened in front of you, or request a bottled beverage;
parties or gatherings, do not accept open-container
drinks from anyone;
going out with friends, watch out for each other
and be aware of unusual behavior;
behaving drunk after just one or two drinks may
be in great danger;
your gut instinct and get help if something seems
someone offers to buy you a drink, walk with them
to the bar and watch you drink being made, and;
you choose to drink, drink responsibly.
What To Do
if You Suspect Drug Related Rape
Date rape drugs
often leave the victim feeling confused about what happened.
They cause amnesia, and they cloud judgment. As a result,
victims may only have a vague sense of what happened.
Remembering every detail is not a requirement to report
rape. A person can report, and, more importantly, seek
medical attention even if s/he suspects rape. Here are
a few steps to take:
to a safe place and call a family member, a trusted
friend, the police or your local rape crisis center.
Immediately seek out information and support. You
can call the Domestic Abuse Shelter at (305) 743-4440
in the Keys 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
to save a sample of the drink, and/or glass if
you think your drink might have been spiked;
whether your want to report the rape to the police
or not. If you want to report, call the police
or the Domestic Abuse Shelter. Rape drugs don’t
stay in the body for very long, so it is important
to seek help immediately if you decide to report;
there is a chance that you may want to report the
rape, in order to preserve important evidence,
do not shower, bathe, douche, change clothes or
straighten up the area where the rape occurred.
This will help preserve important evidence, and;
you choose not to report the rape to the police,
it is still important to seek medical attention
immediately. Go to a hospital, a clinic or a doctor
to be checked for injuries, get tested for pregnancy
and STDs, and call the Domestic Abuse Shelter if
you want to talk.
following mock investigation of Mr. Smith illustrates
the brutal and rigorous treatment that victims of rape
sometimes endure in the judicial process. The dialogue
underscores the point that rape victims are never at
fault for the crime committed against them, and it
highlights the importance of sensitizing members of
law enforcement and the judicial system to better meet
the needs of victims.
Smith, you allege to have been help up at gunpoint
on the corner of First and Main.
you see a gun?
you made a conscious decision to comply with his demands
rather than resist?
you scream? Cry out?
other words, you didn’t try to get help for yourself.
was afraid to.
see. Have you ever been held up before?
you ever given money away?
you did so willingly?
are you getting at?
let’s put it like this, Mr. Smith. You’ve
given money away in the past. In fact, you have quite
a reputation for your generosity. How can we be sure
that you weren’t planning on having your money
taken by force?
if I wanted…
mind. What time did this hold up take place?
were out on the street at 11:00 p.m.? Doing what?
walking? You know that it’s dangerous being out
on the street late at night. Weren’t you aware
that you could have been held up?
hadn’t thought about it.
were you wearing?
see - a suit. Yes, a suit.
yes. I’m a successful lawyer, you know.
other words Mr. Smith, you were walking around the
streets late at night in a suit that practically advertised
the fact that you might be a good target for some easy
money, isn’t that so? I mean, if we didn’t
know better, Mr. Smith, we might even think that you
were asking for this to happen, mightn’t we?
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