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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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Unfortunately, acquaintance rape is very common. In some surveys, as many as one in four young women reported being verbally or physically pressured into having sex during the past year, while one in 10 high school girls, and one in 20 boys, reported being forced into sex at some point in their lives.
More than one-third of acquaintance rape victims are between the ages of 14 and 17.
Although the blame for rape always lies with the rapist, there are some factors that can increase a teen's risk of acquaintance rape. This include: