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NCJ Number: 135948 Find in a Library
Title: Acquaintance Rape: The Broken Trust
Corporate Author: KDN Videoworks Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Sponsoring Agency: KDN Videoworks Inc
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Sale Source: KDN Videoworks Inc
P.O. Box 71402
Madison Heights, MI 48071
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video shows why acquaintance rape occurs, the myths behind it, and what can be done to prevent it.
Abstract: The video includes interviews with acquaintance rape survivors, police investigators, and assault crisis counselors. Some of the concepts discussed are dramatized. Data on rape in general and acquaintance rape in particular are provided (80 percent of rapists are known to their victims). The definition of rape as sexual relations physically forced against a person's will is discussed. Psychological coercion is also considered. Reasons for rape are outlined as the need to exert power over another, anger expressed in the humiliation of the victim, and sadism. Some myths that are challenged are that the woman invites rape by her behavior and dress, that women can always do something to prevent rape, that only females are raped, that if prostitution were legalized rape would diminish, and that women often falsely allege rape to protect their reputations. Some suggestions for the prevention of acquaintance rape are not to use alcohol or drugs in risky social situations, to communicate sexual limits when this becomes an issue, to provide for alternative transportation options when on dates, and to avoid isolated locations. The video provides guidelines for what the victim should do after a rape.
Main Term(s): Acquaintance rape
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Rapists; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims
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