Something to Think About . . .
Dating or being sexually involved with someone does not give that person the right to force you to have sex when don't want to. You are also allowed to change your mind at any time. Being sexually assaulted is never your fault.
Most victims are assaulted by someone they know: a friend, date, acquaintance, boyfriend or girlfriend, family member, or neighbor. Sometimes people will use manipulation to get someone to give into sex. They might say things such as "If you really loved me, you'd do it" or "I'm going to tell everyone we did it anyway, so you might as well" or a form of "Grooming", the use of gifts or money to convince you to do what the abuser wants you to.
The abused are frequently vulnerable, those who want attention, have a need to look up to some else, lonely, isolated, or have low self-esteem. People in poverty and the needy can also fall victim to abusers, who pretend to help them. All of this is truer for children of poor or broken homes.
Being a victim of sexual assault is not your fault. Nothing in what you say, the way you look, where you are, or who you are was the cause of your abuse. Victims can be males or females of any age, race, social class, appearance, or sexual orientation.