Sexes: When The Date Turns into Rape

Too often the attacker is the clean-cut acquaintance next door

Susan, now 22 and a college senior, was raped almost three years ago on a first date. She met the man in a cafeteria at summer school and went to his dorm that evening to watch television news and get acquainted. After 45 minutes of chitchat about national affairs, he began pawing and kissing her, ignoring her pleas to stop. "You really don't want me to stop," he said, and forced her to have sex.

The attack was an all too familiar incident of date rape. Like many victims, Susan was unwary and alone too soon with a man she barely...