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When I started college husband was very concerned about my security on campus He warned me not to walk alone at night not to talk to anyone I didnt recognize and to be very aware of my surroundings This is good advice for anyone Many women are afraid of the person in the shadows awaiting their unsuspecting victim In most campus rape cases a stranger is not involved I was surprised to find out that 75 of all rape cases are committed by an acquaintance of the victim By acquaintance I mean that the victim may not even know the persons name The perpetrator could easily be someone who was met at a party or a guy that is passed on the way to class Although acquaintance rape is a problem among women of all ages it is especially prevalent among college women because they are in the same age range as the bulk of rape victims and offenders Most victims are between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four Of the arrested rapists 45 are under the age of twenty-five Unfortunately the rape report rate for this crime on campuses is only 6 The reason the report rate is so low is that in an acquaintance rape situation the victim knows her attacker This knowledge may in fact encourage her and others to attribute more blame to the victim especially if she fails to resist immediately Because of certain doubts the victim is very hesitant to report the incident One doubt would be if the aggressor were led to believe that the victim wanted sex The other would be who would believe the victim even if there were no miscommunication With no bruises or proof of violence rape is difficult to prove Women can also be forced by verbal coercion the use of menacing verbal pressure or misuse of authority There are several causes that lead a man to rape a woman The major causes
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