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Date rape: a hidden crime

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 157

Laura Russo
ISBN 0 642 24155 4 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2000


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.