One of the most serious sex crimes a person can commit is the act of date rape. Recent headlines across the United States have people talking about what is referred to as “Date Rape”.  indecent assault Essentially what people mean when they use this term is that the victim knows the offender because they have been in a sexual relationship before. It is a misconception people have that if a prior sexual relationship has occurred, the individuals cannot be charged with rape. In order for it to be considered rape consent to the act must not have been given. Every sexual act must have consent from both parties, regardless if one individual has consented in the past. The term “date rape” has been heavily associated with people attending universities. There have been tons of campaigns on universities across the United States about the importance of receiving consent every time a sexual act occurs regardless of prior sexual history between the two individuals.

Also, closely associated with the Sex Crimes term of date rape is the term “date rape drugs”. These are a class of drugs that have sedative properties. These include, GHB, ketamine and sometimes associated with this class of drugs are benzodiazepines. loitering and prowling All of these drugs have sedative properties and can be easily dissolved in an unsuspecting individual’s drink. The classic example of what is be considered date rape is a man meets a woman at a college party and offers to get her a drink. The woman accepts the offer and the man gets her a drink however, before he gives it to her, he slips in one of the drugs previously mentioned without the woman’s knowledge. She drinks the spiked drink and starts to feel the effects of the drug. The man plays it off implying she had too many drinks and he is going to help her get back to a safe place where she can sleep it off. After finding a room at the party where the woman can “sleep it off”, the man engages in sexual intercourse with her, while she is either unconscious or barely conscious, either way she cannot give consent. The hypothetical scenario is a pretty common example of what people mean when they use the term “date rape”.