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New Website To Help Prevent "Rape By Intoxication"

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A Web site aimed at educating high school-aged students about the crime of rape by intoxication was unveiled today by law enforcement officials and community leaders.

The Web site,, includes compelling videos featuring interviews with sexual assault victims, a prosecutor, police detective, sexual assault response team doctor and college fraternity members -- all giving first-person accounts designed to educate young people about rape by intoxication.

"With the number of reported cases of rape by intoxication in San Diego County increasing 60 percent from 2007 to 2008, this campaign will provide the community with a valuable resource and help educate youth on the dangers and repercussions of this very serious crime," said Susan Golding, head of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, which provided major funding for the
outreach campaign.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said taking advantage of a person who is too drunk to know what's going on is illegal.

San Diego police Chief William Lansdowne said rapes went up 27 percent in the city of San Diego last year, prompting authorities to get more proactive in getting the word out about rape by intoxication.

"Rape is a preventable crime in many cases when it comes to alcohol and drugs," the chief said.

Verna Griffin-Tabor, executive director of the Center for Community Solutions, applauded organizers for including interviews with sexual assault victims on the new Web site.

"It puts faces and stories to these despicable crimes," Griffin-Tabor said.

Dr. Jenn Davis, who works with sexual assault victims at the Chadwick Center at Rady Children's Hospital, said teens and young adults are most victimized.

"They never thought they would be a victim of something like rape," she said.

The education campaign comes amid an uproar over a scene in the recently released film "Observe and Report," which the local officials said portrays rape by intoxication in a humorous and acceptable light.

They said the scene is a mainstream validation of date rape and illustrates why more education is needed.

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