Date Rape

Acquaintance Rape or Date Rape

Acquaintance rape occurs when a date, friend, co-worker, teacher or someone known by the victim uses physical force, threats, intimidation or drugs and alcohol to force sex or a sexual assault.

Young people may be at higher risk of acquaintance rape. As they are learning about relationships and testing or creating boundaries for themselves, they may be hesitant to say “No” or to fight back. They may also feel it is their fault for “getting themselves” in the situation. However, everyone who has experienced acquaintance rape can be supported through the RCC Hotline or counseling.

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