acquaintance rape


Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

Examples of acquaintance rape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most rapes are acquaintance rapes, and most of these do not have the hallmarks of what many, even in 2019, consider rape rape — abduction or roofies or knives at the throat. Steph Cha, USA TODAY, "Rosie Price confronts the terrible aftermath of rape in masterful debut 'What Red Was'," 28 Aug. 2019 Years of research on acquaintance rape have, furthermore, debunked the misperception that most assailants are strangers with knives in dark alleys or home invaders who climb into bedrooms through open windows. Time, "Netflix's Wrenching Rape Docudrama Unbelievable Is the Anti-Law & Order—And That's a Good Thing," 3 Sep. 2019 In the 2014 comic, Trigger Warning: Breakfast, an anonymous woman writes about an acquaintance rape. Marissa Korbel, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sometimes You Make Your Rapist Breakfast," 25 Apr. 2018 Cosby's defense team argued that O'Neill should have recused himself from the retrial because his wife is a clinical social worker whose dissertation focused on acquaintance rape. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Who's who in Bill Cosby's retrial," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of acquaintance rape

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Acquaintance rape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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acquaintance rape

ac·​quain·​tance rape | \ ə-ˈkwānt-ᵊn(t)s- How to pronounce acquaintance rape (audio) \

Medical Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

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Legal Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

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