What is acquaintance rape?

Acquaintance rape is when somebody a teen knows—a boyfriend or girlfriend, a friend, a classmate, or even someone they just met—uses coercion (including drugs or alcohol), violence, or threats to force unwanted oral, vaginal, or anal sex. When this happens in a dating relationship, it is commonly known as "date rape."

As many as one in four young women reported being verbally or physically pressured into having sex during the past year.

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