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Acquaintance rape is forced, manipulated or coerced sexual contact by someone you know. If someone has ever forced you to have sex, you are a victim of rape. Acquaintance rape can happen to anyone at any time in any place. Cases reported to law enforcement show that acquaintance rape happens more often to college age students than to any other age group. Dr. Mary P. Koss, researcher at Kent State University, studied acquaintance rape on 35 college campuses. She found that one in four women were victims of rape or attempted rape; 84% of those women knew their attacker. Fifty-seven percent of those rapes happened on a date.
UW-Stout encourages victims of sexual assault to report the crime to the University Police or the Menomonie Police Department as soon as possible and to preserve any evidence which may be necessary in a criminal case. Any employee of UW-Stout who receives a report from an enrolled student that the student had been sexually assaulted should encourage the victim to contact University Police. The employee should also report the incident to the Dean of Students. The Dean is responsible for compiling reports for the purpose of disseminating statistical information.
Communication between men and women can help stop acquaintance rape. Being aware of what you want, talking with each other, understanding each other's needs and respecting limits are all parts of the struggle to stop sexual assault.
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