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You are working with the prosecutor in the date-rape case involving the college student, and you have decided that it would be a good idea to put together a survey that could be used to poll the local college campus about the attitudes concerning date rape and date rape drugs. Your goal is to find out the following:

--if college students identify date rape as rape
--what source is most responsible for shaping his/her attitudes about rape
--if the student has ever either experienced or participated in any form of date rape
--if the student has ever had personal knowledge of a date rape drug used in his/her presence
--what services are available to a victim of rape

Your will consist of one part that is done as a group, and then one additional part per group member. You will be looking to see if there are differences in attitude in age groups, gender, or geography and you are also interested in identifying what factors have most impacted their attitudes about date rape.

Group portion: Determine the format of the questionnaire. Select from the following: true or false statements; yes or no statements; approve or disapprove statements; agree or disagree scales; or any other research measures. For the first part of the survey, determine which non-identifying demographic information to include, such as age group--this can be done by college classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior), by age grouping (18-19, 20-21, 22 and over), gender, or geographic area of the country (east, southeast, midwest, south, southwest, west). The group should identify a legal description of what date rape is. Determine what to include as a disclaimer that assures the person filling out the survey that his/her responses will remain anonymous. Divide topics for the individual portion among the group member for research and drafting of questions. Do not distribute this survey outside of this course; this is just an exercise.

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Individual portion:

The individual contribution to the group involves researching and recording information about the assigned topics. After this information is accumulated, the student must draft specific, relevant questions that reflect your ability to collect relevant information in each area. Remember, your results can only be as accurate as the questions that you ask. Respond to the following prompts:

--Identify a legal description of date rape so that the person filling out the survey knows what types of behavior are being described.
--Identify services available to rape victims that may include support groups, advocates, counseling availability, and crime victim compensation availability in your area.
--Identify whom to contact by phone in the event a rape has occurred.
--Provide a definition of date rape drugs along with their street names.

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Survey Questions:

1) Which age group, in your opinion and observation, has been most vulnerable to date rape?

a) 18-20

b) 21- 23

c) 24- 26

d) 27 and above

2) In your opinion, Which part of USA has observed most instances of date rape in the past?

a) East
b) west
c) north
d) south

3) Do you personally know any victim of date rape?

a) Yes

b) No

4) Do you believe that date rape is a common phenonmenon in college?

a) Yes
b) No

5) Which type of students are most vulnerable to date rape?

a) freshman
b) sophomore
c) junior
d) senior

5) Which of the following sources have provided you maximum information about date rape?

a) Electronic Media (television, radio)
b) Social circle
c) Print media (newspapers, magazines)

6) Have you personally experience any kind of date rape drug or saw its usage among your presence?

a) Yes

b) No

7) Are you aware of support services for date rape victims?

a) Yes

b) No

8) Are you aware of the legal remedy available to date rape victims?

a) Yes
b) No

9) Do you believe that date rape is mostly undereported by the victim?

a) Yes

b) No

10) Do you approve that date rape mostly occurs due to victims own mistake?

a) Yes

b) No

Determine what to include as a disclaimer that assures the person filling out the survey that his/her responses will remain anonymous.

Disclaimer: The information or data collected via this survey will be strictly used for intended purpose only and the identity of the person taking the survey will be kept completely confidential.

Identify a legal description of date rape so that the person filling out the survey knows what types of behavior are being described.

Victims of date rape were raped by an individual with whom they were acquainted. In many such cases, the establishment of guilt becomes difficult, particularly in cases where the victim displays no physical evidence of violence and there is only the testimony of the victim. Date rape studies show that there is a high incidence of ...

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You are working with the prosecutor in the date-rape case involving the college student, and you have decided that it would be a good idea to put together a survey that could be used to poll the local college campus about the attitudes concerning date rape and date rape drugs.

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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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