Acquaintance Rape

Updated: JANUARY 20, 2016

Acquaintance rape is any nonconsensual sexual activity committed by a person or persons who are known to the victim. The acts may be committed after using a threat of violence, coercion, intimidation, force, or by incapacitating the victim (to name a few).The term acquaintance rape was first used in print in 1978 as an umbrella term for all rapes between people who know one another.

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Acquaintance rape is the most frequently perpetrated type of rape and the least likely type to be reported. There are a number of reasons for this including preconceived notions about what "real" rape looks like as well as a fear of facing social consequences for accusing a peer. Acquaintance rape frequently takes the form of date rape. Gang rape is extremely prevalent among young people. In 90% of rape cases with victims under the age of 13, the attacker is an acquaintance.


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