for your note to FEMINIST.COM--and
I think the most I can add to
your report is that alcohol
in many instances increases
the likelihood of rape. This
is because it 1.) can contribute
to/increase aggressive behavior
and 2.) because it can make
"black outs" a possibility.
It also blurs the facts and
sometimes prevents control over
our bodies and our judgement.
Here are some other comments:
to a Ms. Magazine survey--'About 75 percent of
the men and at least 55 percent
of the women involved in acquaintance
rapes had been drinking or taking
drugs just before the attack.'"
intoxicated, a woman's perceptions
about what is happening around
her and to her become blurred.
Her ability to resist an attack
is lessened as her verbal
and physical response mechanisms
become sedated. She may rely
on other people to take care
of her, to see that she gets
home safely, and to protect
her from harm. Some men purposely
"feed" a woman alcohol or
drugs before forcing her to
have sex to reduce her defenses."
Most recently we heard about
similar things with the drug
Roofies. "Many men who commit
acquaintance rape excuse their
acts because they were drunk
or under the influence of drugs."
These last three statements
are from: I Never Called
It Rape by Robin Warshaw,
which I suggest you reference
for more information, available
at the FEMINIST.COM
Bookstore under "Violence
Against Women". I hope this
helps - good luck