Acquaintance rape is defined as forced sexual intercourse or other sexual acts between two people who know each other. The relationship can be any acquaintance, including a date, teacher/student, friend or employer.
Date rape is defined as forced sexual intercourse or other sexual acts that occur between a dating couple or while on a date. There are ways to minimize the risk of date rape. Here are some safety tips for self-protection.
You have the right to say no
You have the right to set limits and the right not to be touched against your will.
Communicate your limits clearly
Don't be afraid of being impolite. Make sure your non-verbal behavior is consistent with your verbal behavior. No means no. Mean what you say and say what you mean!
Trust your instincts
If you feel uncomfortable in a situation or if you feel you are being pressured into unwanted sex, you probably are. Get out of the situation as quickly as possible. Don't be afraid about being rude.
Don't put yourself in a bad situation
Pay attention to what is going on around you. Avoid isolated spots. Have your own transportation.
Watch alcohol and drug intake
Alcohol and drugs interfere with clear thinking and effective communication. Remember you are not as in control if you have been using drugs or alcohol.
Be assertive, forthright and definite
Don't go along with any behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable. It is better to be embarrassed than raped.
Yell and scream
If your mouth is not covered or fear hasn't taken your voice, yell and scream as loud as you can. It may just keep you safe.