Stranger Rape is just what it is called… Rape that occurs by a stranger. There are 3 types of stranger rape according to RAINN:
- Blitz sexual assault– The perpetrator rapidly and brutally assaults the victim with no prior contact. Blitz assaults usually occur at night in a public place.
- Contact sexual assault– The suspect contacts the victim and tries to gain her or his trust and confidence before assaulting her or him. Contact perpetrators pick their victims in bars, lure them into their cars, or otherwise try to coerce the victim into a situation of sexual assault.
- Home invasion sexual assault– When a stranger breaks into the victim’s home to commit the assault.
The traumatic effects of stranger rape include shock, numbness, loss of control, disorientation, vulnerability, fear, and self-blame or guilt for allowing this stranger rape to happen. However, rape is never the victim’s fault… rape is all about power and control.