The negative interactions that take place between dating and courting partners, most notably physical aggression and sexual exploitation, are explored in this volume. The authors blend qualitative interviews with current research findings.

“I Never Thought it Would Happen to Me”: The Dark Side of Romance

“I never thought it would happen to me”: The dark side of romance

Lisa1 was 18, engaged, in the Marines, and, in her words, “young and stupid.” While on a weekend trip with a group of fellow Marines and friends, she was raped by one of the men. He came to her room in the night, ignored her protests, and, holding her down, raped her. She slept on the couch the next night while another friend slept nearby to protect her. Her assailant was furious with her, dumping her clothes out into the snow. When she returned to base, she filed charges against him with the military authorities. Three days later, she was ...

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