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The Assault's Impact on the Survivor
The assault's impact on the survivor

It's very confusing. He was my date. He was supposed to respect me. Instead he sodomized me.

—An acquaintance rape survivor

One may easily be able to identify with victims of stranger rape regarding the impact this trauma has on their lives in terms of their fear of going places alone and their distrust of strangers. However, some may not regard the impact of acquaintance rape as seriously because the victim knows her assailant. Thus, the assumption may be falsely made that the effects of acquaintance rape may not be as serious as those of stranger rape. Research shows, however, that when women raped by a stranger are compared to those raped by an acquaintance in ...

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