In a interview with GQ, beloved British actress, Helen Mirren, says that she was date raped several times when she was younger but didn’t call the police. She also says you shouldn’t either. The Daily Mail reports:
In an interview, the actress said women who are raped after willingly going to bed with a man cannot expect their attackers to be charged. The 63-year-old, who won an Oscar last year for playing the Queen, said date-rape was a ‘tricky area’ and something men and women had to work out between themselves…She said that if a woman voluntarily ended up in a man’s bedroom, took her clothes off and engaged in sexual activity, she still had the right to say ‘no’ at the last second. If the man ignored her, Dame Helen said, that was rape. But she continued: ‘I don’t think she can have that man into court under those circumstances. I guess it is one of the many subtle parts of the men-women relationship that has to be negotiated and worked out between them.‘…Dame Helen said young women now were better at standing up for themselves. ‘Times have changed,’ she said. ‘I hate young girls going around beating each other up, but I love the fierceness of young girls nowadays, and the way they just say, ‘**** off’, because I wish I’d been taught to say ‘**** off’ when I was younger. I wish I’d had those words in my arsenal of self-defence. ‘Instead, I was polite and didn’t have the courage to say that to men who wouldn’t accept “no” for an answer. I was very innocent when I went to college in London. I went to a convent school and had never spent a night away from home or gone to parties or any of that. ‘I found guys were horrible, mean, rude, insulting, and so without feeling. I was looking for love and for someone who just liked me and I just met all these creeps.’ She recalled: ‘I was [date-raped], yes. A couple of times. Not with excessive violence, but rather being locked in a room and made to have sex against my will. It’s such a tricky area, isn’t it? Especially if there is no violence. ‘I mean, look at Mike Tyson [the boxer jailed for raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room]. I don’t think he was a rapist.'”
This is interesting, because I’m also cool with date rape. You know, as long as she calls me the next day. You told me you loved me!!