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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2010 04:16:21 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel goes to the Bible to answer ... "The
Most Important Question." Great for classes, groups,
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Who is Responsible for Rape?
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

A column in the American University newspaper suggested
that young women who attended fraternity parties and
consumed alcohol, and subsequently suffered sexual
assault, were responsible for being raped./1

What the author said was irresponsible. Rape is a
horrific act and the victim is not to blame. However,
we can create a dangerous environment for ourselves.

Walking alone at night dressed in expensive clothes and
flashing money around in a high crime neighborhood is a
dangerous practice. Most would condemn such risky
behavior. 

Yet, when it comes to women putting themselves in danger 
with alcohol and sex, we are often condemned for warning 
them.

Alcohol is a deceiver and Christian women should have
nothing to do with drinking. Solomon wrote that alcohol
"bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper" 
(Proverbs 23:29-35). The Holy Spirit says that alcohol
impairs the mind and causes us to misunderstand what is
happening to us./2

It is indisputable that alcohol puts women in danger.
"Men are more likely to assume that a woman who drinks
is a willing sex partner; they are more likely to
interpret her behavior, dress or body language as
evidence she wants to have sex."/3

Men have always used alcohol to gain an advantage over
women. "One study found that 70% of women and 80% of
men had been drinking when a sexual assault
occurred."/4 This danger is magnified by the existence
of date rape drugs./5

"The U.C Berkeley Police Department said that every
reported acquaintance rape on campus in a two year
period involved the use of alcohol by one or both
people."/6

It is said that, "College men get smashed and break
something; college women get smashed and get broken"/7

A 100 pound girl that drinks three beers is ostensibly
twice as drunk as a 200 pound male that has consumed
the same amount./8 Plus, he is twice her size and
exponentially stronger. You do the math.

"Women become drunk faster than men because their
stomachs have less of a certain enzyme which
neutralizes alcohol, so more alcohol enters the
bloodstream."/9

In fact, "46% of sexual assault victim who had been
drinking believed that the perpetrator had planned the
event and encouraged the victim to drink beyond her
tolerance."/10

Yet, for some inexplicable reason, women keep falling
for Satan's lie that they can handle it. Studies show
that alcohol is the most prevalent date rape drug used
on women./11 Alcohol is one of the most serious dangers
facing women and yet millions run after it with
reckless abandon.

Likewise, young men must be strong enough to resist
putting themselves in these positions. Alcohol also
lies to men and can steal their faith, innocence and
purity away from them, as it strives to overtake their
lives.

Rape destroys two lives and no man of any character
will ever have anything to do with such a violent and
demeaning act. Nor can he approve or encourage others
to do so.

Satan and the lifestyle that he pushes, has no
redeeming qualities. He will use us and throw us in the
gutter like trash. His only goal is to destroy God's
children (Ephesians 6:12). Why would we let him bring
sorrow, misery and abuse into our lives?

Christ has provided a way of safety, peace, health and
trust. We are in an evil world, but if we remain in
him, we will be safe, no matter what (Luke 13:3-5; Mark
8:34-28).

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1/ http://tinyurl.com/yzmos37
2/ http://www.gdcada.org/statistics/alcohol.htm
3/ http://tinyurl.com/yhppfxk
4/ http://tinyurl.com/yhppfxk
5/ http://tinyurl.com/2rngm5
6/ http://tinyurl.com/yhble4j
7/ http://www.ou.edu/oupd/bac.htm
8/ http://tinyurl.com/yhble4j
9/ http://tinyurl.com/yhble4j
10/ http://tinyurl.com/yhble4j
11/ http://tinyurl.com/2gbn8l


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