How To Report Date Rape

A romantic outing gone wrong; what was supposed to be a great time out together ends up with a horrific experience. Were you sexually assaulted or raped while on a date? You know it is a crime if a sexual act is committed and one of the persons is not willing to indulge in the act. Thus, the victim can approach the police and place a complaint. Here's how to report date rape.

It has been said that close to a quarter of the incidents of rape in the United States of America are resultant of a date rape or rapes by boyfriends and husbands. It becomes complex when the offender is a known person and establishing the crime is that much more complex.

How does a victim establish date rape? The key element is that the sexual act must have been non-consensual. The victim must have verbally or otherwise refused or protested to sexual advances by the perpetrator. In case the victim was incapable of protest, say while being unconscious, even touching in certain parts of the body or an attempt at a sexual act is considered objectionable and can be complained against. 

What makes a date rape complex is that it's often only the victim's word against the accused, since they will be seen to know each other or be acquainted. In such cases, the victim must necessarily be able to demonstrate the occurrence of rape. Standard issues such as provocative dressing, flirtatious behavior and past history, if any, of the victim can all be brought up in defense of the accused. Victims should be able to defend themselves against such claims.

Following actions are recommended in this regard - 

  1. If raped or sexually assaulted by a known person or acquaintance, the victim is advised to first get herself to a safe place as far away as possible from the perpetrator and closer to a hospital or the police.
  2. You may choose to call 911 or make way to a hospital and ask for a nurse with a rape kit. Before doing so, make sure not to wash-up and if possible, to change clothes. If unavoidably necessary, ensure to preserve the clothes for vital clues.
  3. Do not clean or treat any wounds, scratches that may have occurred or be caused during the act. All of these will provide clues and be useful in evidence.
  4. If the victim can get hold of anything that belongs to the rapist, say an undergarment, carry it along. Give it to the police.
  5. Once in the hospital, ask the nurse to use a rape kit and collect evidence. As difficult as it may be, the victim is advised to compose herself and to narrate clearly the actual occurrence and to prepare a lucid statement for the police.
  6. If the victim or the hospital has not already done so, ask them to call 911 and report the crime. Give a clear and unambiguous statement of the crime to them; ask them to collect the materials for evidence, including record statements from the examining nurse. 
  7. Obtain a medical report from the hospital and it should confirm signs of forceful sex. If victim was rendered unconscious, the medical report must confirm presence of narcotic or sleep inducing substances.

This is the broad procedure to be followed for reporting date rape.

 

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