Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Date rape is a term used largely in industrialized countries to describe what a victim experiences when he or she is forced or coerced into unwanted sexual activity by a friend, romantic suitor, or peer through violence, verbal pressure, misuse of authority, or threat of violence. While some prefer the more inclusive term acquaintance rape , which does not imply any sort of romantic relationship between the rapist and the victim, both terms acknowledge the fact that the majority of women (and men) who are raped know their ...