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Understanding Date Rape Might Prevent Unwanted Accusations

Date rape is considered a crime in Utah. Date rape occurs when someone uses pressure or physical force to get someone to have sex with him or her. Even if you know the person and are dating, it is vital that you not pressure him or her or use force to get him or her to have a sexual relationship with you.

The best way to protect yourself from being accused of date rape is to make sure that the other person is willing to have sex with you. It could mean having to stop things from turning sexual, especially if the other person has been drinking.

If you have been accused of date rape, working quickly to protect your reputation is vital. You should learn about your right to defend yourself and work to understand how laws pertain to your situation. From there, you can work with someone familiar with date rape cases to ensure that you present your side of the story in the most appropriate manner possible.

Source: Salt Lake City Police Department, "FAQ on Date Rape" Dec. 16, 2014

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