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Date Rape and Date Rape Drugs

You have decided to speak with the prosecutor, Mary, on behalf of Maureen, the college student who was the victim of date rape. You want to convince Mary to support a change in the prosecutor's policy of not prosecuting date rape cases when drugs or alcohol are involved. Maureen decided not to speak to the media yet, hoping that you can persuade Mary and the chief prosecutor to change their policy. Maureen knows other young women are being attacked and that very often date rape drugs are being used. Mary has agreed to meet with you and Maureen. Your goal will be twofold: First, to educate Mary about date rape using statistics and information about date rape and date rape drugs to show her that Maureen is one of the types of victim that perpetrators take advantage of in these situations; and second, not prosecuting the cases is the wrong public and social policy. Of course, you are also hopeful that the victim, Maureen, also receives help in her case.

To organize your efforts before your meeting, create an outline in bullet form that contains the following information for the four topics:

---UCR/NCVS reported crime statistics relating to rape and the strengths and weakness of each type of reporting.
---Define the term "date rape" (or acquaintance rape - the terms are interchangeable) and how date rape (acquaintance rape) is distinguished from stranger rape, statutory rape, and spousal rape.
---The types and uses of date rape drugs.
---The victim/offender relationship:
---how victims are viewed by perpetrators of date rape
---the special problems of date rape prosecutions
---how society and jurors may view date rape (blaming the victim based on the perceived precipitation, facilitation, or provocation of the victim).
---What is your position on this issue, and what action do you think would impact this social policy?

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To organize your efforts before your meeting, create an outline in bullet form that contains the following information for the four topics:

1.UCR/NCVS reported crime statistics relating to rape and the strengths and weakness of each type of reporting.

? The UCR Program is a voluntary city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement program that provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistics by law enforcement agencies throughout the country; it details reported crimes, wh7ich is a strength (Source: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucrquest.htm)

? Weaknesses of UCR Reporting
? Underestimates amount of crime
? Diverts attention from white collar crime
? Misleading data on characteristics of arrestees
? Errors with citizens reporting crime
? Police recording practices and scandals
? Different definitions of crime
? School reporting practices
? Media use of crime data (Source: http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:ixo2YtykG0AJ:www.augustatech.edu/criminaljustice/ATC%2520Courses/Criminology/chap03.ppt+UCR/NCVS+reported+crime+statistics+weaknesses&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=ca&client=firefox-a)

? The U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) estimates the number of unreported serious crimes nationwide. The Internet address for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which conducts the NCVS, is www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs.(see statistics at URL: http://www.paralumun.com/issuesrapestats.htm)

 Strengths of NCVS
? Developed to address problems with UCR
? Provides extensive information on each incident
? Relationships between offenders and victims
? Use of alcohol/drugs in relation to crime
? More accurate portrayal of crime than UCR
? Gathers info on characteristics of crime victims and context of victimization

? Weakness of NCVS
? No information on white collar crime
? Underreporting (Source: http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:ixo2YtykG0AJ:www.augustatech.edu/criminaljustice/ATC%2520Courses/Criminology/chap03.ppt+UCR/NCVS+reported+crime+statistics+weaknesses&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=ca&client=firefox-a)

E.g. Total Forcible Sex Offenses
Reported in Florida, 2007
CRIME VICTIM REPORTS
Forcible rape 6,145
Forcible sodomy 1,402
Forcible fondling 3,667
Total Sexual Offenses Reported 11,214

3,064 arrests were made for forcible sex offenses in Florida in 2007.
Source: Florida Statistical Analysis Center: FDLE, Crime in Florida,
Florida Uniform Crime Report; Tallahassee, FL. (Source: http://www.fcasv.org/2005_Web/Statistics.htm),

Other Links to Statistic Source Web Sites:

? Bureau of Justice Statistics: Crime and Victims Statistics http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cvict.htm

? Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/index.html

? Census 2000 Data for the State of Florida ...

Solution Summary

Based on the scenario and suggested content about date rape and date rape drugs, this solution provides an outline to organize your efforts before your meeting on the four topics.

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