In the vast majority of cases, almost 90%, the perpetrator is a friend or classmate of the victim.
It is important to remember that “date rape” is sexual assault, even if the victim is dating the perpetrator or has had consensual sexual contact with him in the past. To be okay, each instance of sexual contact must be accompanied by consent.
“Date rape” can be very traumatic for teens. Since the victim likely already knows the perpetrator, the victim first has to deal with the violation of trust involved in this evil act. Also, the victim may face peer pressure to not get the perpetrator into “trouble.” When the perpetrators of these crimes are high-school aged, they can get expelled from school and put into jail for their behaviors. Although these are clear consequences for bad behavior, many of the victim’s peers wrongfully place the crux of blame on the victim, blaming the victim’s report of the perpetrator’s behavior for the perpetrator’s adverse consequences.
Teens are also likely to become victims of sexual abuse through child pornography. Often, pedophiles will force teens to pose for inappropriate videos and pictures against their will. Also, many teens will take pictures of themselves with their cell phone, laptop, or camera, and send them to their boyfriends or girlfriends. When the couple breaks up, the scorned party sends out the picture to all of the victim’s peers in order to embarrass her. Regardless of the situation, victimization through child pornography is very traumatic for teens. If a victim is a victim of child pornography, she is re-assaulted, re-victimized, re-embarrassed, and reinjured every time a new person looks at the pornography.
Overall, teens face many adverse consequences to sexual assault. A teen that is sexually assaulted is more likely to engage in risky behavior, more likely to drop out of high school, more likely to be suicidal, and more likely to suffer from teen pregnancy than her peers are. As if this is not enough, 54% of women who are raped after the age of 18 were sexually abused before they turned 18. Thus, a teenaged victim is much more likely than the general population to be a victim of sexual violence again in the future.