This type of sexual violence is sometimes referred to as stranger rape.Stranger rape can occur in several different ways: Survivors of both stranger rape and acquaintance rape often blame themselves for behaving in a way that encouraged the perpetrator.For its Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” To see how your state legally defines rape and other forms of sexual assault, visit RAINN's State Law Database. Perpetrators may use emotional coercion, psychological force, or manipulation to coerce a victim into non-consensual sex.Some perpetrators will use threats to force a victim to comply, such as threatening to hurt the victim or their family or other intimidation tactics.It’s important to remember that dating, instances of past intimacy, or other acts like kissing do not give someone consent for increased or continued sexual contact.In other instances the victim may not know the perpetrator at all.
The majority of rape and sexual assault victims reported being victimized by someone they knew.
OVW’s Campus Program awards grants to institutions of higher education to help create effective, comprehensive, and sustainable strategies to prevent and respond to these crimes. “An exploration of sexual victimization and academic performance among college women.” Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 15(3), 191-200.
The Campus Program's official title is: Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus.
The majority of perpetrators are someone known to the victim.
Approximately seven out of 10 of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim, such as in the case of intimate partner sexual violence or acquaintance rape.