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What Is Rape?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

What is rape? I think I was raped a year or so ago, but I'd had a lot to drink, and I'm really not sure??? All I know is when I woke up, I was sore and bleeding from my vagina, but I was alone!


Dazed and Confused


Dear D & C,

Rape is forced sex or penetration. A rapist may use:

  1. Physical force (holding down or beating up the victim).
  2. Threat of force (threatening to use a weapon or hurt the victim).
  3. Drugs or alcohol (getting someone drunk, putting a date rape drug in someone's drink, taking advantage of the fact that someone is drunk or high).
  4. It is also rape if an adult (someone 18 or older) has sex with someone under the age of 16.


If you were too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse, and your partner had sex with you anyway, you were raped. You may want to report this to a trusted friend and/or pursue legal action against the guy.


FYI, The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. In 2000, there were 261,000 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault (National Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau of Justice Statistics). Of those victims, 114,000 were victims of sexual assault, 55,000 were victims of attempted rape, and 92,000 were victims of completed rape.


Good luck,

BeingGirl Experts

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Posted October 09, 2012
Um...Mejusme, I have a question(or anyone who wants to answer it can answer it!!) This question my sounds dumb but I am curious. How can someone rape you if you are not lying down or if you didn't take of your clothes?? Rules Rules
Posted July 06, 2012
Mejusme I am soo that you got raped if I were you I would tell someone you trust and try not to tell people that would go and tell everyone they know
Posted May 30, 2012
The world we live in today...-shake my head-
Posted May 01, 2012
mejusme i am so srrry tht happend 2 u did u ever tell any one and does ur school hav cameras in the back? if they do just tell them wht happened and hav them look at the date tht it happened1 and he deserves 2 die. wht does he do when ever he sees u?
Posted June 06, 2012
I am so sorry that happened to you! That is horrible!
mrs. seguin
mrs. seguin
Posted June 30, 2012
like i'm confused, are you standing up or like laying down?
Plush Horse
Plush Horse
Posted February 04, 2012
mejusme- i am so sorry. That is horrible! Whoever does that deserves to die. Im sorry if someone else likes him or whatever but that is SOOOOOOO not cool!
Posted March 14, 2012
Those people who "RAPE" people girls they r the devils family
Kamani B.
Kamani B.
Posted January 05, 2012
That's really scary... That's just cruel and stupid how someone can take advantage of you girls like that. I really look up to you girls. You girls are rally strong!!!
Posted December 31, 2011
This may sound gross and nasty, but I have had a nightmare that I have been raped. Terrible! I live in a fairly safe area, though there are many gangs and gangsters in my town. I am 14 so my parents are too overprotective about me going alone anywhere. At the mall with my sister, older teen boys look at me odd, the up-and-down-thing. It really scares me. I think I am pretty... IDK. BUT THE GIRL HERE WHO HAS BEEN RAPED MUST TELL SOMEONE! THIS IS DANGEROUS FOR YOU. I AM SORRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU.


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