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14 U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER

FEBRUARY 1981

14 U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER FEBRUARY 198

MYTHS ABOUT RAPE
1: It will not/cannot happen to me.
FACT: The misconception that only a "certain
kind" of woman is raped may serve as a kind of
false security against the frightening knowledge
that anyone can be victimized. However, obvious
feelings of insecurity or restrictive clothing may be
interpreted by the rapist as an indication that she is
an easy target.
2: Rape is primarily a sexual crime.
FACT: It is not a sexual experience for the victim

and is not primarily motivated by the assailant's
desire for sexual gratification. The object of the
rape is to control, dominate and degrade the
victim.
3: Rape takes place in unfamiliar territory and at
night.
FACT: Staying at home does not guarantee safety.
It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of all
rapes occur in the victim's home.
4: Rape is an impulsive, "spur of the moment" act
that takes only a few moments.

FACT: Most rapes are carefully planned. FBI sta-
tistics show that 90 percent of all group rapes and
60 percent of all single rapes are planned. Many
attacks last for several hours.
5: The rapist is a stranger.
FACT: Approximately one-half of all reported
rapes are committed by a man the victim knows or
trusts. The fact that the woman and the man know
one another may make the assault more difficult to
deal with afterwards, but it does not alter the fact
that a rape has occurred. .Amy Stirnkorb-
Daily Bruin, U. of California, Los Angeles

DATEAP
Continued From Page 13
one thing, the law another, and indi-
vidual men and women something else.
Usually it boils down to sexual inter-
course without consent, using force, the
threat of force, or deception. To the vic-
tims, rape is a deliberate violation of
their emotional and physical integrity.

A serious drawback to prosecuting ac-
quaintance rape is whether or not the
victim will be believed. An accusation of
"stranger" rape pits one person's word
against another's. Acquaintance rape,
or date rape isn't as clear cut and may
result with two parties hurling accusa-
tions and insults at each other. What is
worse, most acquaintance rapes are
planned and the blame is put on the
victim. "What she was wearing," "She's

giving me the come-on," or "I could tell
she wanted it too," are common argu-
ments. This leaves the victim feeling
that it's her fault, because she didn't
take the precautions seriously enough
to prevent an attack.
So what are women supposed to do?
One way to abolish rape is through
awareness and education, and by dis-
pelling the myths that prolong the
agony for all involved.

The line on
the phone co.
By Sabrina Wenrick
R Daily Nexus
U. of California, Santa Barbara
My roommate called the phone
company last week to get the phone
plugged in. The woman needed all
of Debbie's identification: driver's
license, social security number,
and major and local credit card. It
was a long conversation.
"Would you like your number
listed or unlisted?" the woman
asked. Debbie hesitated, "Uhh...
unlisted probably."
"That will cost you an extra 60
cents a month," the woman said.
"What?!!" my roommate ex-
ploded. "I have to pay to keep my
name out ofthe book? I would think
it would cost more money to be 4
listed. That is RIDICULOUS."
The GTE employee hung up. De-
bbie didn't have her name. The next
day we tried again, resigned to
paying the 60 cents, on principle I
suppose. The charade recom-
menced and when the listed part
came up, Deb said, evenly, "un-
listed."
Lori, the GTE rep, had another
trick. "Do your parents support
you?" she asked. Debbie thought, if
she said no, they wouldn't give her
the phone, so she said yes, thinking
this would reassure GTE that the
bill would be paid.
"Oh," said Lori. "If you had said
no, you would have received a stu-
dent discount (which turns out to
be roughly 50 percent of all fees).
Debbie hastened to add, "Well, we
are financial aid students, and my
Dad doesn't support me unless we
get into difficulty." Lori explained
that it was too late to change.
Then she offered us insurance.
We could pay 95 cents per month
for maintenance, or we could pay
$95 an hour for serviceifsomething
ever went wrong. We opted for the
95 cents.
There was a forty dollar installa-
tion fee and a $1.14 mystery
charge, in addition to our regular
monthly fee of $10.75. Our calling
cards were generously thrown in.
Due to a busy season, she
couldn't hookup the phone directly.
We had to wait two days. No prob-
lem. Friday came and we could call
out. But GTE's Lori had made an
error -perhaps the first in her
20-year career. She had forgotten
to tell us our phone number.
Debbie called back on Friday
afternoon, a half-an-hour too late to
find out the number. She rang back
Monday morning. The comedy was
not over. She spoke to a Mr. Zim-
merman who said, "Oh I'm sorry,
but you're an unlisted number, and
I can't give out this information."
She had to go down to the office in
Santa Barbara and show a picture
I.D. to be given her own phone
. number.
She was upset. He was sorry. He
agreed to fetch his supervisor who
said he could make an exception if
she gave him all the information
correctly. Once again Debbie gave
her personal data. We had our tele-

phone number by the time I came
home. It's now among our most
prized possessions.

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