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Understanding Acquaintance Rape
Understanding acquaintance rape

I'm careful whom I tell about my boyfriend raping me because most people just don't understand.

—An acquaintance rape survivor

Why would someone rape an acquaintance? How can we understand this problem? What factors are associated with acquaintance rape? This chapter will answer these questions by focusing on (a) common myths about acquaintance rape and (b) theoretical perspectives based on research for understanding acquaintance rape. A knowledge of commonly held myths about acquaintance rape, as well as theoretical perspectives for understanding this social problem, is important to your work of helping survivors in their recovery and in your efforts to prevent the problem from occurring.

Common Myths about Acquaintance Rape

Prior to discussing theoretical perspectives for understanding acquaintance rape, we must examine commonly held ...

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