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Preventing Acquaintance Rape
Preventing acquaintance rape

Speak out! Acquaintance rape can survive only in silence.

—An acquaintance rape survivor

As we have seen in earlier chapters, acquaintance rape is a serious problem. Although we can help survivors in their recovery from this trauma, we must also consider how the problem can be prevented. This chapter will focus on ways acquaintance rape may be prevented. Prevention will be discussed at three different levels: (a) at the individual level of interpersonal relationships, (b) at the group level by focusing on educational efforts, and (c) at the societal level by creating social change.

Prevention at the Personal Level

Preventive efforts at the personal level focus on men assuming responsibility for their behavior in interpersonal relationships with women, and on women being aware of ...

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