Acquaintance Rape

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Running Head: ACQUAINTANCE RAPE Acquaintance Rape: It Could Happen To Anyone Abstract Anyone can be a victim of acquaintance rape. It does not matter if the victim is male or female, old or young; it can still happen. Just by being at a party full of friends or even going on a date with a significant other, everyone is at risk. It is never the victims fault. There is no possible way to know when or to whom it will happen. Acquaintance Rape: It Could Happen To Anyone We are taught “don’t get raped”, rather than “don’t rape.” Rape is defined as an act of sexual intercourse without legal consent (Harrison, 1996, p. 1). The word rape is derived from the Latin word rapere, meaning to steal, seize, or carry away (Katz & Mazur,…show more content…
22). Many people believe that the women could have prevented the rape if they knew who the attacker was. The truth is there is no way to determine who is going to get raped; only the attacker knows. Most people have a “gut feeling” when it comes to new people, and many just push it aside until something bad happens, and then the feeling comes back again. If a woman goes on a date or is with friends and they get that “gut feeling” again, then it could possibly end badly. People do not know what is going to happen to them every second of their lives. There is no way to know who it will happen to or when it will occur and by whom. An evening planned with friends could all go awry without any warning. A victim usually doesn’t think that someone they know would even consider raping them. So the attacker is to blame because they are the ones who planned it. In a relationship, if the significant other says ‘no’ it is still considered rape if the attacker proceeds. Most people don’t think that rapes occur between people in a relationship. Men have been taught that women resist sex to avoid looking “promiscuous” by indulging in casual and indiscriminate sexual relationships. Men think that women will always say “no” even if they really mean “yes”; many women want a strong dominant leader, some men take advantage of this. Sex to men can become an addiction which can cause them to thrive after it. Sex may become a need instead of a pleasure. If a
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