It functioned as a way for each party's family to gauge the social status of the other.
This was done in order to ensure a financially and socially compatible marriage.
Date rape, violence, and sexual harassment are also very common occurrences on college and university campuses.
Between 15 and 25 percent of women experience date rape during their enrollment, and victims of abuse come from every race and gender.
However, the goal of the process was still focused on ending in a marriage.