Partner and Acquaintance Rape


The following information focuses on individuals and does not look at violence in the context of wider social and political systems. For example, in our society females are socialised to believe that satisfying a man’s sexual urges is a woman’s responsibility. Until the issues of gendered power imbalances, the public/private split in social relations, and traditional values that offered men dominance and privilege over women are addressed, male/female relationship changes will be superficial and one-to-one.


Background information and facts

Causes of Partner and Acquaintance Rape

Survivors do not cause rape: perpetrators do

Some common views about sex, rape and consent

Reasons why adolescents don’t tell families about Date Rape

Potential perpetrator characteristics and behaviours

Bystander intervention