acquaintance rape

noun
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

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First Known Use of acquaintance rape

1974

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acquaintance rape

noun ac·quain·tance rape \ ə-ˈkwānt-ᵊn(t)s- \

medical Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

Law Dictionary

acquaintance rape

noun

legal Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

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