There are many types of rape. A very important type of rape is acquaintance rape. According to a researcher named R. Lance Shotland, there may be five kinds of acquaintance rape: beginning, early, relational, rape within sexually active couples (RSCA) with battery and RSAC without battery. They are "described both in terms of length of the relationship and previous sexual activity."
The first type of acquaintance rape is the beginning date rape. This form of rape happens within the first few dates while the couple is still getting to know each other. College students usually do not have sex on the first couple of dates, so the biggest cause is most likely not miscommunication. In this case, the perpetrator probably thinks that he will have a better chance of not being accused of rape because he knows his victim. The date is more of a plot than a social gathering to get the female alone and take advantage.
Early date rape is the second type of acquaintance rape. Since the beginning date rape is within n the first few days, then early date rape is after several dates. This is still way before sex has been discussed. A major cause of this form if also miscommunication. One common reason for miscommunication is the "rape myths" of our society. Rape myths are statements such as: "She deserved to get raped because that outfit was way too tight," or "She wanted to have sex because she went up to that guy's room. How many girls do you know that go up to a room just to talk?" Men who believe these myths might misread some of the women's signals and not take no for an answer. However, miscommunication probably is not the only problem this early in the relationship.
Relational date rape, this form of acquaintance rape occurs later in the relationship. Miscommunication is not likely in this form because attitudes and values toward sex are established, although sex is still not involved in the relationship. Men in this situation tend to rape to keep control. They may feel it is a sign of love or commitment. Or, perhaps, they just think it would be romantic to have a night that would be appropriate in a steamy novel. Regardless of intentions, one should remember that forced sex is still rape.
Rape within sexually active couples with battery and without battery. The only difference between these two types of rape is that one is with battery and one is not. RSAC with battery is mare prevalent in married couples, but it is still possible in unmarried couples. "Many states only recognize rape as a crime if the woman is not married to her attacker." This is a very scary statement. The fact is that abuse in married couples is...