Date rape is an archaic term from a past time.
The definition of date rape
: Rape committed by a person known to the victim. That's it
. RAPE committed by someone who is NOT a complete stranger to the victim.
Many people nowadays might find this confusing. "Isn't that just rape?" they might ask? Well when the term date rape was coined, no it wasn't. 40, 30, even 20 years ago, what society deemed as rape
was a man coming out of a dark alley and forcing sex on a woman with the use of violence; or at least with the strong threat of violence. That act was what society deemed as rape, and if the man was caught he would likely go to prison. Now, what if a woman went to a man's house to have a cup of coffee after a date? If he forced sex on her, even with her pleading him to stop, was that rape? At that time no it was not
. If the woman went to the police, all she would likely hear are things like "You were coming on to him, he couldn't help himself." If the case even went to court she would practically be put on trial herself, the defense claiming that she was a slut
and the man was just showing her a good time.
It's true. If the man didn't have a knife or beat the woman half to death, clearly it wasn't rape. That's what society believed.
So the term date rape
was created. To describe an event of non-consensual sex which didn't fit society's "traditional" view of rape. BUT... today the term is outdated. "Date rape" is now simply considered rape.