What You Need to Know About Date Rape

Rape is defined as sexual intercourse that has taken place without one party’s consent. The sex doesn’t have to be forced for it to be considered rape. Because a victim is sometimes unable to give their consent due to physical or mental infirmity, the crime of rape can happen in other ways that do not involve physical force. It is also important to note that the relationship of the victim and perpetrator does not invalidate a criminal charge for rape. A person can be raped by someone they know, such as a friend, relative, or acquaintance. In this blog, we explain what you need to know about date rape.

What Is Date Rape?

Date” rape is a term commonly used for sexual assault perpetrated by a person who is involved in a romantic or potentially romantic relationship with the victim. Date rape is a prevalent issue on college campuses due to the availability of drugs and alcohol that make it easier to take advantage of an inebriated person. If physical force or psychological intimidation is used to coerce a victim to engage in sex acts against their will, then rape has taken place. Having sex with someone who is unable to give their consent because they are incapacitated from alcohol or drugs is considered rape.

What Is Considered Consent?

Sexual consent is an agreement between parties to participate in sexual intercourse. If consent is not given before sexual intercourse occurs, then the crime of rape has been committed.

The following are different types of consent:

  • Freely Given Consent: Given without pressure, manipulation, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Reversible Consent: Everyone has the right to change their mind about sexual intercourse, even if you have had sex with the person before.
  • Informed Consent: You can only agree to something if you know all of the facts.  If someone says they will use a condom but fails, then the situation lacks informed consent.
  • Specific Consent: Although someone agrees to one sex act, it doesn’t mean they have agreed to all sex acts.

Will I Lose My Job if I’m Accused of Date Rape?

If you are accused of date rape, you can possibly lose your job. It is not uncommon for an employer to fire a worker who has been accused of a serious criminal offense like rape. If you are facing date rape accusations, you need to carefully review the conditions of your employment to determine if your employer has specific policies and procedures for responding to your situation.

Will My Schooling Be Affected If I’m Accused of Date Rape?

If you are accused of date rape, it can negatively impact your schooling. Your school will conduct an investigation of your accusations to determine whether criminal or other types of penalties apply to your case.

Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender?

Those who have been convicted of a sex crime like rape are required to register as a sex offender in the city or county where they live. Failing to register as a sex offender can result in severe legal punishments.

Michigan Sex Crimes Lawyer

At Prain Law, PLLC, we are committed to helping clients in Michigan defend their rights and restore their reputations. We can review the details of your case and help you build a strong legal strategy that will ensure your rights and interests are fully protected. Let us put our skills and extensive resources to work for you.

Call (248) 731-4543 to schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Michigan.

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