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Survivors' Response to Their Assault
Survivors' response to their assault

The rape I experienced from my boyfriend is like a huge dark cloud always hanging above my head.

—An acquaintance rape survivor

The perpetrators of the rape, as has been emphasized previously, were not strangers but acquaintances. A friend or an acquaintance is someone you can trust. To be sexually assaulted by someone you trust represents a betrayal, as the title of this book portrays. The theme of this chapter is the survivors' response to their assault. Specifically, the chapter will focus on the following questions: Did survivors identify their sexual assault by an acquaintance as rape? Was the rape reported to authorities? Were survivors able to discuss their sexual assault with anyone? Did they prosecute their perpetrators? ...

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