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The Assault
The assault

It can happen to anyone.

—An acquaintance rape survivor

In this chapter, we will study the circumstances surrounding the rape. Survivors will share information on where the rape by an acquaintance occurred. The survivors will discuss factors in their relationship with their perpetrators as they looked back on what happened that made them uncomfortable—but at the time they ignored. The use of drugs and alcohol by the perpetrator and survivor will also be reported from the research data.

The Setting

Where did the rape by an acquaintance occur? Table 3.1 presents an analysis of survivors' responses to this question.

TABLE 3.1 Where the Rape Occurred
Victim's apartment or home29(69)
Perpetrator's apartment or home24(56)
Friend's apartment or home5(11)
At place of employment4(9)
Secluded area, public park5(12)
Car, boat17(40)
Dormitory or fraternity house3(6)

The largest percentage (58%) ...

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