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Date Rape - Acquaintance Rape

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What is acquaintance rape?

Acquaintance rape occurs when one individual forces, coerces or manipulates another individual he or she knows to have sexual intercourse against the other's will and without consent. It is one of the most common types of sexual assault and one of the least understood. It is rape if:

  • Your attacker is an acquaintance, date, good friend or spouse.
  • You engaged in sexual touching and kissing, but then were forced to have intercourse against your will.
  • You have had sex with that person before, but this time said no.
  • You froze and did not or could not say no or were unable to fight back physically.
  • There was no weapon involved.

If you have been sexually assaulted, you are not to blame, even if:

  • You were drinking or using drugs. Being high does not give another the right to assault you.
  • You were wearing clothes that others may see as seductive. Remember, rape is an act of violence, not sexual gratification.
  • You have been sexually intimate with that person or with others.

Everyone has the right to decide when she or he wants to be sexual.

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APA Reference
Writer, H. (2008, December 7). Date Rape - Acquaintance Rape, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/sex/psychology-of-sex/date-rape-acquaintance-rape

Last Updated: August 20, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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