Suggested Education and Materials on Sexual Assault
What You Need to Know About Acquaintance Sexual Assault and Rape
Most rapes are planned in advance. The perpetrator carefully selects targets who seem distracted, naive, preoccupied, impaired, or have a strong desire he will promise to fulfill. He cultivates their trust, and leads them to circumstances that favor a successful assault. The perpetrator often tries to diminish their target’s decision-making ability (90% of teen sexual assault involve alcohol and/or drugs), as well as their ability to effectively respond or fight back against an assault.
In 75 to 90% of cases, the perpetrator and victim knew each other. Perpetrators are most often friends, friends of friends, family members, classmates, boyfriends, or ex-boyfriends. In fact, the closer the relationship the more likely it is for a rape to be completed rather than attempted.
The after-effects can be profound and long-lasting. Victims of sexual assault are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression; 6 times more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder; 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol; 26 times more likely to abuse drugs; and 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide than their peers.