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Rape, Acquaintance Rape & 'Date Rape' Drugs

This page covers topics related to sexual assault, including the under-reported acquaintance or 'date' rape. 'Acquaintance' is preferred because it correctly identifies that the victim and perpetrator know each other, but also includes sexual assaults that  happen in contexts other than college or dating. (see table at bottom)


Feminist Majority Foundation Hotline Directory

U.S. Violence Against Women Office Sexual Assault Hotlines

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Domestic Violence, Battering & Teen Dating Violence

Rape & Sexual Assault

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances (NCJ 207846, June, 2005) Download 'Full Report' 1 MB Acrobat file). There's a simpler Family Violence Statistics Website also from BJS. 

Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Rape Victimization: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey (Natl Inst of Justice, 46 p adobe.pdf)

Acquaintance Rape of College Students (US Dept of Justice)

Sexual Assault Information Page  

Rape Information and Recovery Page

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault

How You Can Help a Survivor of Sexual Assault

www.rape101.com  (This site offers information to help prevent rape and other forms of abuse; information for victims, parents, spouses/partners, and friends)

National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization

Sexual Assault of Males (1 in 6 boys...)

Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training (lessons online via US Dept of Justice Office for Victims of Crime)

Date Rape Drugs

What are date rape drugs?

Date Rape Drugs- Everything You Need to Know About Them

Date Rape Drugs and Men Against Sexual Assault

Date Rape Drugs: Names, Definitions, and effects of drugs that have been used to facilitate sexual assaults

StopViolence also has pages on:

Explore the resources and activities of Paul's Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Class

Misc, But Helpful...

Criminal Justice Exploration Guide: List of links to internet resources on Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Missing Children, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Offender & Predator. [A little slow loading but very comprehensive]


Rohypnol effects begin within 30 minutes, peak within 2 hours, and last for up to 8 hours or more, depending upon the dosage.  Adverse effects include memory impairment, amnesia, drowsiness, visual disturbances, dizziness, impaired motor skills and judgment, slurred speech, confusion, gastrointestinal disturbances, and urinary retention.


Ketamine causes the person to feel as if their mind is "separated" from their body.  The drug causes a combination of amnesia and hallucinations.  Also, it stops the feeling of pain and lowers the heart rate leading to oxygen starvation to the brain and muscles.  


GHB effects can felt within 15 minutes after ingestion.  In small amounts the effect is similar to alcohol, however, in larger doses it can have a hallucinatory effect and cause headaches, shaking, spasms, seizures, drowsiness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and vomiting.  Mixed with alcohol GHB can cause the central nervous system to shut down, lead to loss of consciousness, and possibly result in a coma or death.

FDA gives limited approval to GBH to treat sleep disorder

California's Highest Court Clarifies the Definition of Rape
(Findlaw.com column)

A Maryland State Court Rules that Women May Not Withdraw Consent After Penetration: The Perils of Relying on History (Findlaw.com column)

Prison Rape

Stop Prison Rape - premier site with statistics, letters from inmates, model legislation and activism links

Human Rights Watch Report on prison rape ('No Escape: Male rape in U.S. Prisons')

Prison Rape: Our Wake-up Call - Crime and Media review by William C. Losch (referenced academic discussion)

Breaking the chain: The human rights of women prisoners in the U.S. (Amnesty International 1999)

"Not part of my sentence": Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody (Amnesty International 1999)


Rape of college women almost always involves an acquaintance

statistics show that college women are raped more frequently by classmates, friends, boyfriends (or an ex-), and acquaintance - rather than a stranger
More than 90% of rapes of college women involved a perpetrator she knew. 

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sexual Victimization of College Women

See also NIJ, Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It

Rana Sampson, Acquaintance Rape of College Students (US Dept of Justice) - good overview and discussion of prevention policies

Understanding Rape & The Threat From 'Friends' (It's Not Just About Dating)

Coaches Who Prey: The Abuse of Girls and the System That Allows It

In a dark side of the growing world of girls sports, 159 coaches have been reprimanded or fired for sexual misconduct in the past decade. And 98 continued to coach or teach as schools, the state and even some parents looked the other way. (Seattletimes.com; this series and database of coaches won several internet journalism awards)


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