Acquaintance Rape

Acquaintance rape is the act of being sexually assaulted by someone known to the victim. More than 70% of rape victims know their rapist. If a sexual encounter was not mutually desired between the involved parties, it qualifies as rape. Events of these types are rarely reported due to a sense of shame, fear of retribution or social consequences, and (perhaps) not wanting to get the rapist in trouble. The victim often feels guilty for the rape and blames herself for somehow causing the problem. Even if the rape was by an acquaintance, it does not make it any less traumatic for the victim.

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