Date Rape

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“Date rape” refers to the phenomenon where the woman was forced to have sexual intercourse by a male acquaintance during a voluntary social engagement. It is not a new phenomenon. In fact, more than half of all rapes are committed by male relatives, current or former husbands, boyfriends, or lovers. During a date-rape trial, the biggest dispute is whether the alleged victim has actually consented. Therefore, evidence of prior sexual conduct between the alleged victim and the accused is especially important.

Several drugs are considered “date rape” drugs. One powerful and potent drug is Rohypnol. This drug is not legally manufactured or approved for use in the United States. Another commonly used date rape drug is Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB). It is also illegal in the United States. Ketamine, or "Special K," "OK," "KO," "Super K," "Vitamin K," "Kid Rock," and "Kit Kat." is legally sold as a veterinary sedative or hospital anesthesia. Evidence of date rape drugs in the victim's system would have been powerful evidence of the defendant’s guilt.

See also rape.

 [Last updated in June of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]