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C1 Date Rape

Faith and Hope were born twins to a poor family. They were the youngest in a family of twelve children. Faith and Hope are looking forward to her eighteenth birthday party. Faith is a cheerleader and popular at school. The girls at school are jealous of her. She is always the center of attention. Faith wears elegant clothes at school. Her hair is always perfect with ribbons and bows. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes. Every day before school, she spends hours getting ready for school. She always wants to look like a supermodel. She turns the head of every boy in school.

Hope focuses on her education and playing basketball. She loves to play basketball. The team support united her with a small group of friends. She practices playing hoops all the time. Her father Timmy has been playing ball with her since she was little. Daddy's little girl is Hope. The way she looks does not matter to her. She only wants to be comfortable. She does not wear high heel shoes. Hope is comfortable with a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, and flip-flops. The two of them may look alike, but they are as different as day and night.

Faith is looking forward to the eighteenth birthday party. A party of a lifetime. Now she is old enough to drink alcoholic beverages. She plans to have her first alcoholic beverage with her friends at the party. Her parents cannot say anything about it. She is a legal age to drink. Her boyfriend Charlie plans to bring the alcohol to the party. It is going to be a wild night. One she will remember for the rest of her life.

Hope is always focused on her friends. The party is a chance to get together with the team and play hoops. It is her last year to play with the team. Hope is a senior and hopes to win the National Championship. The school has not won a National Championship in years. Hope knows her parents cannot afford to send her to college. The winning of the Championship would help her get a scholarship to college. Hope dreams of being a professional basketball player.

Faith wants to be a model. With her body and looks, it would be easy. The night of the party, Faith drinks Tequila Sunrises all night. She gets so drunk she passes out. Her boyfriend, Charlie, has been dating Faith for six months. The party is going as he expected. He picks Faith up in his arms and takes to the bedroom. While in the bedroom, he locks the door and rapes her.

Hope plays hoops with her friends outside all night. When she comes inside. Charlie tells her Faith was not feeling well and went to bed. Hope did not want to party with Faith’s friends. She tells them all the party is over and to leave. Everyone leaves the party and Hope goes to bed and dreams all night about winning the National Championship.

Faith wakes up the next morning in the bed. Faith is naked and does not know how she got to bed. She vomited in the bed, and it was all in her hair. She feels confused with a migraine headache. Faith remembers nothing but drinking and having fun with her friends. She gets up and takes a shower. When she looks in the mirror in the bathroom, she sees a bruise on her face. In her entire life, she has never been so unattractive. She hopes no one saw her looking the way she does now. She could never live down being so ugly.

Faith is feeling a hangover from drinking so much the night before. A hangover is the experience of various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of alcohol, such as wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Hangovers can last for hours or for over 27 hours. The results from a study suggest that younger people are more likely to experience more severe hangovers. Alcohol affects short-term memory by slowing down how nerves communicate with each other in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus plays a significant role in helping people form and maintain memories. When normal nerve activity slows down, short-term memory loss can occur. Faith goes back to bed, hoping to wake up without a headache.

The next day Charlie calls her on the phone and asks her to go the movie with him. Faith agrees to go to the movie. Charlie picks her up that night. He takes her to the movie and then to the beach. He wants to walk along the beach and watch the sunset. Faith brings a blanket for them to watch the sunset. Charlie makes them a drink. Faith feels confused and disoriented. While on the blanket, Charlie kisses her. He unbuttons her shirt. Faith asks Charlie to stop. She is not ready for an intimate relationship. She is saving herself for marriage. Charlie continues to kiss and rub her breast. She tells him to stop. Charlie then stated, “Come on, you know you like it. It feels good to you. You know this is what you wanted to happen. That is why you brought the blanket.”

Charlie rapes Faith. He continues to tell her. “You know it is what you wanted. You enjoyed it just like you did at the birthday party.” Faith was a victim of date rape. Date rape is never the victim’s fault, yet victims feel guilty or ashamed. That guilt can prevent them from seeking medical care or reaching out for support to help them recover. Rapists are the only people responsible for rape.

Faith was filled with shame. She was raised in a Christian Home, and she could not tell her mother. Her parents have always told not the drink alcoholic beverages, smoke cigarettes, or do drugs. Since the 1980s, date rape has made up most rapes in some countries. It is prevalent on college campuses and frequently involves consumption of alcohol. The peak age for date rape victims is from the late teens to early twenties. Faith tells no one they raped her.

Libre Baskerville
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