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  About Date Rape  

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Date rape is a form of acquaintance rape. It is the forced sexual contact by someone the victim is or has been dating. Regardless of the amount of time a couple has dated--in some cases, they may have just met and it may be the first "date," they may have been together for years, or even no longer a couple--when sex is forced on someone by the use of threats, intimidation, trickery, or in cases where consent cannot be given because of impaired judgment due to alcohol or drug intoxication, it is RAPE. And, it is against the law.

 

In most cases, the influence of alcohol or a chemical substance removes a person’s inhibitors, both physical and psychological. Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is not an excuse for sexual violence.

 

The decision to report an attack is the victim’s. Any person assaulted or harassed is encouraged to report the incident to law enforcement officials.

 

In Illinois, rape (sexual assault) is a Class 1 felony. A convicted offender could face four to fifteen years of mandatory incarceration and be ordered to make restitution.

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