The Aftermath of Teen Date Rape

In most cases when rape is mentioned people automatically think about some stranger jumping from the shadows and forcing them to have sex. While in fact more than 60% rape cases were committed by a familiar person, someone who knows the victim. Teen rape is at its highest, the number of teen rape victims has never been as high as it is now, and the biggest part of the rape cases falls under date rape.

The Aftermath of Teen Date Rape
Rape is an act of violence, many defend themselves by saying that they did it out of love or passion, that couldn’t be farther away from the truth, rape has nothing to do with love. The other notoriously famous statement from date rapists who claim they did it out of passion is that the person who got raped asked for it. They often describe the situation as they were being lured in, that the person who got raped led them on by wearing sexy or provocative clothes and the way they acted. Again, this couldn’t be farther away from the truth, there has never been an excuse for rape nor will there ever be one. The rapist is the one at fault, nothing said or done by the raped person can’t justify the rape.

That is one of the issue I am concerned about, teens dealing with the aftermath of rape. Teenagers are already in a fragile state of emotions as it is, rape can mess with their mind, feelings and some of the kids who experienced rape can never heal from it, especially the fact that someone they know raped them. In most cases with date rape people can’t deal with their emotions, they keep reliving the same thing over and over again, they become too afraid to get close to someone out of fear, eventually without help they will close in and self destruct from inside.

Date rape has that suicide effect on the victim, they can’t help but to feel responsible, to feel ashamed, like they did something wrong. The fear starts to reside in their hearts and if treatment and care aren’t provided from the start the consequences may be horrible, in some cases date rape victims even commit suicide. So how do you help your teen child or friend who was raped by a person he or she trusted?

There are three basic steps. First you have to make them believe that it wasn’t their fault, which is the most important thing. If they can’t go pass that point the situation may become critical. Letting go of the guilt and the feeling of responsibility is a must for date rape victims to move on. The second step is to seek medical care, both physical and mental. You need to make sure that you haven’t been infected by some sexually transmitted disease and at the same time therapy is necessary. The last part is to make them talk about their feelings, that is the only way to let go and move on.

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  1. why do people rape anyway…there is a somebody for everybody… JUST WAIT!!!!

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