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The Victim and the Perpetrator
The victim and the perpetrator

You can't tell bad guys by looking at them.

—An acquaintance rape survivor

The two key figures in an acquaintance rape are the victim and the perpetrator. Who are these individuals? How did they meet? This chapter will introduce you to them. Statistical information provided by the respondents will be presented. More important, comments made by the victims will be shared with you so that you can become acquainted with these individuals. Hopefully, with this information you will develop an understanding of acquaintance rape and will be better able to help survivors in their recovery from the trauma they have experienced.

The Victim

The average age of the survivors at the time they completed the research questionnaire was 30 years ...

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