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Date rape is when someone you know socially (but not family) makes you have sex when you don’t want to. It could be someone you meet at a party, or someone you love and trust, like your boyfriend. There are types of rape that you may wish to learn about.

They might use physical and verbal threats, emotional blackmail, or alcohol and drugs(also known as "Date Rape Drugs") to force or trick you into having sex.

And it’s not just sexual intercourse − it can be oral sex or some other kind of sex. You may even agree to have sex with someone and then decide that you want to stop, but they force you to keep going.

Date rape can happen to women of all ages but young women between 15 and 24 are at highest risk.

Sexual assault is a crime … Whoever commits it, or however it happens, sex that you have not freely agreed to is rape. Rape has nothing to do with love − it’s about power and control.

You should never see date rape as your responsibility to avoid, or 'your fault' if it happens - it's always the attacker's fault. There are a few things you can look out for to avoid ending up in a situation where you don't feel comfortable. Whether you've only recently met the guy or you've been going out for a while, it helps to think about what you want out of the relationship.

Spotting the warning signs  may save you from being a potential victim of date rape.

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This site is not intended to replace the need for counselling. The information provided is intended to inform the viewer, giving information to help you be informed to make the best decision possible for you and your family. Please, always seek professional help and legal advice if you find yourself in an abusive situation.