acquaintance rape


Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

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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

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

acquaintance rape


Legal Definition of acquaintance rape

: rape committed by someone known to the victim

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