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Date rape: a hidden crime




Despite an increasing awareness of the problem of sexual violence, there is still reluctance for date rape to be considered criminal or even unacceptable behaviour. This paper provides an overview of date rape, including what is known of its occurrence, the involvement of alcohol and drugs such as rohypnol, why it is a hidden crime, its impact on victims, and responses to it, including prevention strategies. Russo also aims to increase the level of understanding of complex issues such as sexual consent and the underlying causes of sexual violence such as prevailing attitudes about sexuality and gender roles.



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Russo L 2000. Date rape: a hidden crime. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 157. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi157