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A healthy relationship is one where both people feel safe and respected. The relationship should be based on, and include trust, honesty, equality and mutual respect.
Dating violence can take on many forms. Some of the possible ways a person can be subjected to dating violence are listed below:
Emotional and Verbal Abuse
Sexual assault has many definitions. It can include sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, rape and other forms of sexual violation.
What is Rape?
The legal definition of rape (taken from Section 261 of the California Penal Code) is as follows: "an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of the perpetrator under any of the following circumstances:
What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted or Raped
Seek medical attention. Do not change clothes, bathe or douche so that medical evidence can be gathered should you decide to press charges. It is important for you to be checked for injuries and you may be at risk for sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.
Talk to someone trained to help about the incident-do not try and ignore or deny what has happened. Good resources are:
Above all, remember: This is not your fault. You are the victim of a crime.
How Can I Help Someone Who Has Been a Victim of a Sexual Assault or Rape?
If someone has come to you just after being assaulted or raped, encourage (and assist) them in getting medical attention. Be as supportive as possible by listening to, and believing, them. And remind them that it is not their fault. You may also call the rape hotline at (408) 554-RAPE which will connect you with a trained counselor.
What Are Roofies?
Rohypnol is a strong sedative (currently illegal in the United States) that is now often referred to as a "date rape" drug. While it is often referred to as "roofie", it is also known as Roach, Roche, Run-Trip-and-Fall, Mexican Valium, and The Forget Pill.
When taken, it can cause a person to feel extremely sleepy, and in many cases, cause a person to black out followed by amnesia upon waking up. It is during this phase that many women are sexually assaulted. The effects of Rohypnol can take place in 30-60 minutes, but a potential blackout can last up to 24 hours.
How do I protect myself against Roofies?
To protect yourself against Rohypnol, there are a number of precautions one can take:
While still not as common as Rohypnol, Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid aka "G" can cause the same effects as that of roofies.
Sexual harassment is "unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that makes someone feel uncomfortable or unwelcome in the workplace by focusing attention on their gender instead of their professional qualifications." Sexual harassment normally occurs in a work or school setting, but can occur in any social situation. Remember: sexual harassment is different than sexual assault; sexual assault involves physical contact while sexual harassment does not.