Breaking the Date Rape Triangle

Breaking the Date Rape Triangle

Have you ever heard of the date rape triangle? This theory breaks down date rape into three separate parts that are involved in just about every occurrence of this crime:

–Drugs and alcohol
–Intent
–Isolation

The victim of date rape usually has control of two out of three of these factors. The victim can have power over how much drugs and/or alcohol is consumed. She can also decide whether to be alone with the rapist. The chances of rape are greatly reduced if the woman eliminates just one of these three factors — but it is not guaranteed that the assault will not occur.

Be prepared. This means actually asking yourself what you would do in a situation if you were attacked. Many of us do not even want to think about anything like rape happening so we do not take precautions or even worry about protecting ourselves.

For instance what if you discover that your date is not really what he first presented himself as? What if the gather you are at is looking like it’s risky for you? What if you can’t get home? What would you do in these situations? Could you escape or fight back if you are to inebriated? Who do you call in an emergency situation? Answering these questions just may save you from assault.

In order to protect yourself, take control of the situation. Reduce your alcohol intake. Because you can become less aware of your situation and surroundings while under the influence, you may not even recognize the first signs of a potential assault.

If you feel uncomfortable, remain in a public setting. Rapists, as most criminals, do not want to commit their crimes in public. This may be as simple as driving yourself to the date so you don’t have to be alone in a car.

Always think of your own safety first.

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