Date Rape Research Paper

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As a senior in high school with application deadlines impending, stress and anxiety is constant. The transition between high school and college is immense, and now that college sexual assaults are growing at an alarming rate, the changeover is even more distressing. College theoretically is a place to explore passions, and interests in a safe learning environment, but now it has become a landscape filled with fear of sexual assault. According to U.S department of justice one in five college attending women will be victims of campus sexual assault. Although the statistics are stark and startling, certain administrators and media outlets argue that campus assaults are due to alcohol usage and an incline of general provocative or promiscuous …show more content…
Titled “ Male sex aggression on a university campus” her research elaborates on the thesis that men used secrecy and stigma to pressure and exploit women. The root of rape is understood to be a basis of power exchange rather than purely sexual. This understanding also factors into what we know as “date rape” coined by Mary Koss in the 1980s. Date rape remains a popular form of assault due to its discretion. The ability to leave a women powerless, while not being suspected gives drugs like xanax, Ghb, and Rohypnol their influx of popularity. Mary Koss conducted a study with self described perpetrators to see inside the mind of a rapist. Her nationwide study of college men published in 1987 concluded that 7.7 percent of male students anonymously admitted that they had engaged in or attempted forced sex. Of that percentage none of them considered it to be a crime. One man even testified “ Yes, I held a woman down to have sex with her against her consent but that was definitely not rape”. This idea of college aged, amiable men being rapists goes against the stereotypical norms that America has constructed. Instead of seeing their crimes for what they are worth, these men do not put themselves in the category of rapists. When Americans pictures a rape scene, it is a man lurking in the dark of an alley, preying on a woman walking to a car. The rape is violent and brutal, leaving the woman …show more content…
The “ Yes means Yes” legislation approved by the state lawmakers requires California colleges and universities to “ adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity”. Previously campaigns were centered around a “no means no” view, but it seemed better to promote consent by requiring students to say yes for each sexual activity. Yes means yes insists that consent must be enthusiastic, uninebriated, and consistent throughout the duration of sexual activity, therefore both parties are comfortable proceeding in sexual relations. If one of those elements of consent is comprised, it is automatically rape, because a one sided consent is not

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