Experiences that are Rape

These are examples of real stories women tell that have been used for research on rape.

Story 1

Jessica is a 19-year old undergraduate student enrolled in a four-year university.  She lives in an apartment near campus with three roommates.  The campus is located in the heart of a northeastern city.  Jessica serves as the vice-president of a school organization and has many friends and acquaintances, including Mike whom she has been dating for about six months.  Mike is a 21-year old student at the university. Continue reading Story 1

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Source: This story was used for research on rape by Dr. DJ Angelone of Rowan University, New jersey and Dr. Damon Mitchell of Central Connecticut State University, Connecticut

Story 2

My life changed on a Friday night 20 years ago. I went out to dinner with one of my male friends, Sean, and several of his friends. Even though I was the only girl at dinner, we had a great time. After dinner, we went back to Sean’s friend’s apartment. We were all hanging out in the living room for awhile and then Sean asked me to go see something in his friend’s bedroom. I followed him back there and when I got inside the room he started to kiss me. Continue reading Story 2

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Source: This story was used for research on rape led by Dr. Amy United and Dr. Cynthia Dulaney at Xavier University.

Story 3

Gina and Mike had met in their philosophy class. They were both medium in build; Gina was 19 and Mike was 21 years old. They were attracted to each other immediately and would try to sit near each other in class. Comparing class notes and studying together had become common events. Mike had even asked Gina out to dinner a number of times. They often spent most of the dinner talking and enjoyed each other’s company. Continue reading Story 3

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Source: This story was used for research on rape led by Dr. Amy United and Dr. Cynthia Dulaney at Xavier University.

Story 4

Ethan and Lisa are college seniors who met at a party given by a mutual friend. They spent most of the evening talking and dancing with each other and, when the evening was over, they made plans to get together for a few drinks on Friday. Ethan came by Lisa’s house and they walked to a nearby bar. The bar was fairly crowded when they arrived, but they managed to find a booth toward the back. Initially, they both seemed a little uneasy and made a lot of small talk about the weather and the day’s happenings. Continue reading Story 4

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Source: This story was used for research on rape and coerced sex by Dr. Christin Munsch at Stanford University and Dr. Robb Willer at University of California, Berkeley

Story 5

Rob and Amy are college sophomores who met at a party and began dating. Things were going so well that Amy began to tell her friends that she was falling in love with him. A problem, however, was that Amy had never had sex, while Rob had had sex with two previous girlfriends. Rob wanted very much to have sexual intercourse with Amy. Continue reading Story 5

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Source: This story was used for research on rape and coerced sex by Dr. Christin Munsch at Stanford University and Dr. Robb Willer at University of California, Berkeley