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I am doing a debate in class on why it is rape when alcohol is involved on the part of the victim. I definitely think rape is rape no matter what, but I have a debate and need factual information to back it up. I would appreciate any help you may give me. - Jenny

Thanks 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:

"According 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.'"

"When 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


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