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I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape Paperback – July 8, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Based on first-person accounts, scholarly studies and data from a nationwide survey of college campuses conducted by Ms. magazine, freelance journalist Warshaw draws a devastating portrait of men who rape women they know. The Ms. survey reveals that 25% of the college women polled have been the victims of rape or attempted rape, 84% of the victims were acquainted with the attacker and 57% of the rapes happened on dates. One in 12 of the male respondents admitted to acts that meet the legal definition of rape or attempted rape. Warshaw, herself the victim of an acquaintance rape, handles an inherently sensational subject with compassion and restraint. She describes and condemns the social milieu that condones such acts by encouraging men to see sex as conquest and women to view sexual coercion as part of the "dating game." There is realistic, practical advice on how women can protect themselves against attacks by acquaintances and on how men can prevent this type of rape. Literary Guild alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA--I Never Called It Rape confronts the issue of what used to be known as "date rape" but is now commonly referred to as "acquaintance rape." First-hand accounts by women who have been raped by men whom they knew provides a background for analyzing this crime . These stories are meant to make women aware of how this type of rape happens, how to avoid the pitfalls of certain situations, and how to acknowledge that a rape has taken place even if the person is familiar . Chapters are directed toward preventing such an assault as well as what to do if you are a victim of acquaintance rape. The statistics in the book indicate that this is a widespread occurrence often ignored by women who deny what happened or feel they won't be believed. This book will enlighten young women about what constitutes an assault against them and how to deal with it.
- Anne Paget, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book contains brief, or rated "G" , encounters from rape victims. You see insight into the problem of Acquaintance rape/ date rape. You see that it is bigger and more common than any other rape. This book provides evidence that some men are criminal in their actions and some genuinely do not have any idea what they are doing is rape or wrong. It covers the emotional trauma, experience, life changing, encountered by victims, and even the effects rape has on social circles (friends, family, etc.). This book deals with the rapists mind too, briefly, and details how this is a Social Problem that our nation, communities, colleges, workplaces, etc. MUST ACKNOWLEDGE and take action. You will read encounters that take place in the courtroom and gain understanding through empirical evidence to the non existence of justice to rape victims, especially those in Acquaintance Rape cases.
As a victim:
I truly never called it rape. Even in current therapy, I find myself unable to say the term, "rape". I never knew what to call it. I was young and as suggested in the book, I went through this alone, I did not report, which is common, especially for acquaintance rape. I read encounters that made me think, that triggered some thoughts, but it honestly was the easiest experience I have had in regards to thinking and understanding what happened. As a victim, who was 15 [and raped by a married man who was much older than me, and someone I was taught to trust], I was a little upset that there was no account that related directly to me, which is also a complaint of another reviewer. Unlike the other reviewer, I felt the need to be objective and found it easy to relate to the information provided, as the reactions were quite similar. I do not want anyone reading to think I am bashing the other reviewer because that is not at all my intentions. I think on a whole, that victims can gain some "sanity" or clarity in regards to their experience and utilize it a lot to RE-EVALUATE, in an objective way, the event itself and the actions before and after. I look at my situation completely differently than I did before. I would say this book was very encouraging, and really backed my thoughts on how vital it is that our society change it's view on sex and acquaintance rape. EDUCATION is vital and this book, although older, is a great start.
This book was/is exceptional, and I truly believe should be a mandatory read in all colleges and even high schools and/ junior highs.
When a woman says no, a man is trained by society that she really means yes ~~ but that isn't the case. Rape is when a sexual act is committed against a woman's will ~~ even if she knows her attacker. It's downright disturbing and there are many women who have survived date rape. Did you know that "stranger rape" occurs very rarely but "acquaintance rape" occurs more often? Also, did you know that even if a woman stops dating a man, he can still rape her? There are all kinds of stories in this book that the author shares with the reader to warn them of this issue.
This book will share with you how to recognize the danger signals and how to prevent a rape from happening. If it happens, there is advice on what to do next. It explores the statistics of numerous studies performed on this topic and it's downright scary. But there are people fighting it and so can you. Just read this book, and pass it on. I truly believe every woman going off to college or moving out on her own or even entering her teen years should have a copy of this. It shouldn't be a topic to ignore ~~ it should be talked about and shared ~~ it is a serious issue and one that every woman needs to be aware of.
I have a young cousin going off to college and this is one book I would like to send to her. For all you moms, dads, grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends should think of the young women (and young men) in your family or circle of friends and think of how you should arm them with knowledge on how to prevent acquaintance rape from happening. But not only women need to read this book, men should too. They should sit down with their sons and tell them that "no means no." And that they should resist pressure from other men in raping a woman. Acquaintance rape is very damaging to women and to men as well. It wreaks havoc on the fragile fabric of society itself.
Pick it up ~~ I don't think you'll regret it as one can never have too much information about a topic like this one.
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