A dinner date that went very wrong

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980505 | DOI:
A dinner date that went very wrong

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This chapter discusses the case of David Dawson, who was charged with sexual assault. The chapter first defines the term “rape”, and differentiates “acquaintance rape” from “stranger rape.” It then narrates the events of David's date with Ginny Knapp, up to when David allegedly forced himself on Ginny. It notes that while their accounts of the date itself matched, their representations of the events that occurred in Ginny's dorm room and the intent of those actions were different. It then explains the importance of miscommunication to the case, and uses topic analysis to study David's attempts to apologize to Ginny. Finally, it tries to determine if Ginny consented to their lovemaking or if David forced himself upon her.

Keywords: sexual assault; rape; acquaintance rape; stranger rape; miscommunication; topic analysis; force; consent

Chapter.  4142 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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