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NCJ Number: 118358 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Victimization of Unmarried Women by Nonrelative Acquaintances (From Violence in Dating Relationships, P 205-218, 1989, Maureen A Pirog-Good and Jan E Stets, eds. -- See 118347)
Author(s): J Belknap
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzes the sexual victimization of unmarried (including divorced, separated, widowed, and never-married) women 12 years old or older who have experienced attempted rape or rape by persons known to them.
Abstract: Data from the National Crime Survey (NCS) for 1973-82 were examined. The NCS categorizes the victim-offender relationships as "stranger," "known by sight only," "casual acquaintance," and "well-known." This analysis excludes stranger rapes and rapes by the victim's relatives. According to the data, victims are most at risk between the ages of 16 and 24. Victims who are 12 to 15 years old are more likely to experience rape by an acquaintance rather than a person well known to them. Twelve percent of the rapes involved weapons, and 59 percent of the victims did not report the incident to the police. Seventy-five percent of the rapes involved injuries, and two-fifths required medical attention. There were few differences in the characteristics of the rape offense that related to the degree to which the victim and offender were acquainted. Data support the emerging perception that date rape is a significant social problem. 3 tables, 2 notes, 15 references.
Main Term(s): Acquaintance rape
Index Term(s): Dating Violence; Offense statistics; Victim-offender relationships
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