Non-consensual vaginal, anal or oral penetration of the body of another person where the penetration is of a sexual nature, with any bodily part or with an object, by an acquaintance or dating partner of the rape victim.

Additional notes and information

Date rape also refers to any other non-consensual acts of a sexual nature. Causing another person to engage in non-consensual acts of a sexual nature with a third person is also considered as date rape.

This type of rape is also called acquaintance rape.

Consent refers to voluntary agreement as the result of a person’s free will.


Based on the definition of rape in the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and explanations provided in its Explanatory Memorandum. Council of Europe (2011). Treaty Series No 210.