What is rape?

Rape is defined as unwanted forced sexual intercourse. Most people have that misconception that rape is perpetrated by a stranger who jumps from the darkness and assaults someone sexually. However what most people do not know is that over 73% of the people who are raped are by the people they know and trust.

Definition of date rape

Date rape is common in college campuses and high schools. According to statistics, one in four college girls are forced into physical, verbal, implicit or active sex. Studies indicate that 90 percent of these victims know their attackers and one in every fifteen guys in college have admitted to having forced a lady into sex.

How to prevent rapes?

There are several measures that you can use to prevent getting raped. These include:

- Avoid going to secluded places
- Remain sober and understand your surrounding
- Follow your instincts
- Go for dates in groups and take care of one another
- Make your stand known in a relationship
- Say no to drinks from people you don’t know
- Avoid leaving your rug unattended

What to do when you are raped?

Rape results in physical harm and emotional trauma known as rape trauma syndrome. When a lady is raped, she can suffer from different negative emotions. She may feel angry, frightened, embarrassed, ashamed, depressed, degraded, anxious or even nervous. They may end up withdrawing from family and friends.

However, there are 3 important things that rape victims should do. These are:

- Understand that the rape wasn't your fault
- Seek medical attention
- Get emotional help

Inform your family members, friends or other people that you feel safe sharing with on what has happened. Visit the hospital ER to get medical care. Don't shower change clothes. Contact the police. Even if the rape occurred sometime back, you can still seek professional assistance.