Rape, Being A Touchy Subject

1348 Words Nov 29th, 2014 6 Pages
Rape, being a touchy subject for most, is definitely something that should be addressed and tackled. There is no and should never be any excuse for rape. “No” means “No”. Everyone is entitled to make that choice- it should never be made for them. It is extremely important that both parties give consent before engaging in any sexual activities. So, what is consent? “Words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. An expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the accused’s use of force, threat of force, or placing another person in fear does not constitute consent. A current or previous dating relationship or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the sexual conduct at issue shall not constitute consent. There is no consent where the person is sleeping or incapacitated, such as due to age, alcohol or drugs, or mental incapacity” (SAPR, 2012). Not trying to fight off the offender or even scream for help does not mean consent is given. There are many ways in which a victim is preyed upon. Alcohol is the most widely used rape drug and is easy to obtain. It is used by offenders to incapacitate potential victims, being that it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Drugs, as in the date rape drug, is also commonly used because it may leave the victim physically helpless,…
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