The college years are an exciting time in the life of young men and women. Without parents to watch your every move, you have the freedom to make new friends, go to parties, and stay up as late as you want. However, with all of that new freedom and new people, new problems are bound to occur.
Spend one night with the wrong person and you could be falsely accused of rape and face a lifetime of devastating consequences if found convicted of a crime you did not commit. Studies show that as many as 10% of all reported rapes turn out to be false.
The following are helpful tips to avoid being falsely accused of rape in college:
- Don’t delete anything. Text and message exchanges on your phone can be used as evidence in your case, especially if you are innocent. If there is a visual agreement to sexual consent, make sure you archive it just in case.
- Spend the next morning together. On the following morning, go out for breakfast together. Don’t forget to keep the receipt since it could be used as evidence if the person ends up accusing you of rape. Any reasonable person would ask, “Why did she go out to breakfast with a man who raped her?”
- Send a “day after” message. Always send a text message to the person the day after you have sex with them. Once you get them to reply or get them engaged in a conversation, you can rest assured you have evidence which indicates that the sexual intercourse shared between the two of you was consensual.