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Freud believed that to dream of rape for a man is associated with a sadistic expression of sexual urges in waking life.

For a female, Freud believed a “rape” dream was a representation of possible sexual fears. Modern dream dictionaries interpret this dream as a reflection of one’s attitude to the opposite sex. It can often suggest sense of resentment towards a lover and that one’s self-esteem is being challenged. When you dream of rape this can be a reaction to your own past trauma which was either sexual abuse or molestation.


If you have had a past experience of abuse or trauma then the reliving of this event in your own dream can be a way that your mind is trying to work out what you have been put through. Assuming that you have not had any kind of abuse or have been raped, then the dream of rape can actually mean many things, ranging from a desire to lose control, taboo thoughts, or even an unconscious desire to be violated. To dream that you have been raped, suggests a sadistic expression of sexual desire. You should not feel guilty or disturbed by these dreams as the dream does not always have a negative connotation. Understand that, these types of dreams can be quite powerful and moving though, and often they cause a visceral reaction once you wake up.


In this dream you may have...

  • Witnessed someone being raped.
  • Raped someone.
  • Been a victim of rape.
  • Heard about a rape circle or rapist on the loose.
  • Been afraid of being raped.
  • Felt like you deserved to be raped or like you were asking to be raped.
  • Wanted to be raped.
  • Threatened or were threatened with rape.
  • Recovered from rape.
  • Talked about rape.
  • Felt powerless in a sexual situation.
  • Been sexually frustrated.
  • Seen a gang rape.


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Positive changes are afoot if…

  • You survived rape.
  • You saved someone from being raped.
  • You raped someone who was willing (which is not rape but rather, rape re-enactment).


Detailed dream meaning...

It's normal to be freaked out by a dream of rape, but believe it, or not these kinds of dreams are more common that you might think. The psyche often has to work on issues of power and control and when there is a situation in your waking world which needs immediate resolve. 



Sometimes you will get a powerful message through your dream. When you dream of being raped this is a call to you that you are having control taken from you and now is the time to fight back. If you are dealing with a legal battle such as custody or divorce or feeling like you are being gravely taken advantage of then, this is not a time to try and play nice. 


Now is the time to act and demand that your personal needs are met and that you will be given what you deserve. This kind of dream indicates that you need to gain the control in the situation back before you are screwed.


To dream of liking the rape dream is associated with the "dead bedroom" syndrome in that you are feeling you are not getting enough sexual gratification or turning this dream around may be lacking affection which affects your emotional well-being. If we look from a more psychological view, the rape imagery can be connected to self-control. 


This is not to say that there you may feel depression or that your mental state of mind is challenged after having this dream. Rape is quite a difficult experience to go through.


To dream of being raped and the experience was frightening can be associated with challenging experiences into a more productive area of life. To encounter violence connected to the dream indicates that you must channel experiences into a more productive direction in life.  A gang rape featured in a dream is an indication of somebody using their very strong character to exert a destructive time on other people. This can be focused on aggression and also a weakness of will.



To commit rape in your dream indicates that you were worried about sexual problems in a relationship, additionally, this can to some degree indicate possible uncertainty in a relationship.

If we look at more mystical interpretation using older dream dictionaries from the Victorian era rape is often associated with pride. In one ancient dream book, it states "if a woman dreams of being raped it indicates that somebody close to her will threaten her pride."


To dream of being raped in prison is associated with awareness. Awareness is one of the dreams basic meanings. Self-awareness is important along with the ability to distinguish the most important aspects of life. To dream a friend is raped indicates that goals can truly demand our best efforts If we focus on ourselves. The dream can also be associated with an event of the past where we feel a lack of control. 


To see an ex-partner raped indicates that a relationship may be stretched in the future. If you are the rapist in a dream, then this is a desire for more control as well. Your mind is "acting out" that you take control in a dream state. This needs to transfer to your waking world. If you are the rapist, then it is a form of power and dominance. Of course, this doesn't mean you need to go around raping people in real life, but you should consider ways in which you should be more assertive, confident, or willful.


Saving someone or helping someone after a rape is a good omen for your life. While the dream can be traumatic because you are witnessing someone being open or having to take charge to protect others, this is a sign of positive times in your life. Often these kinds of dreams are about someone denotes that you are in the process of maturity. 


To dream of a man being raped by a man is associated with forces in waking life. This dream means that you have a "powerful will" and that you are successfully controlling a situation with force. Dreaming of being raped by the opposite sex is associated with success against all of the odds.  As we have concluded above is about taking charge of the world around you. To dream of being raped by a man (if you are a women) and a man dreaming of being raped by a women (if you are a man) is all about "control" in waking life. It can indicate that you have the personality to take charge of the world around you. This dream has materialized in the subconscious mind because there has been doubt over controlling some situation through the force of your own personality.


To dream of being raped by the same sex, for example, a women raping a woman, or a man raping a man holds no further meaning than what we have already outlined.  It is all about control, and the dream signifies that it is important to understand any contradictions that have been brought together and howled under control.  This is not to hide the negative undertones of such a dream.  Obviously, being raped by somebody can be disturbing.  It basically means that you need to take charge of the world around you will control things in a much better way. Trying to think of the rape dream as a challenge to your own control.


To dream of rape which results in a dream that is highly weird or crazy is associated with control and the sense that you need to find approaches to difficulties.  To dream of rape connected to animals suggests that you need to take charge of your own destiny.


Sometimes rape dreams are a sign of pregnancy. Weird and crazy rape dreams are common during pregnancy, and the mind tends to be overactive due to hormones. Again, do not be concerned with these dreams, but consider what areas of your life need to be simplified so that you can cut down on stress.


If you were raped in a dream but you survived and fought back, consider ways where you are overcoming your own barriers in life. These dreams are perhaps the scariest because you feel like they are real and you experience the rape from beginning to end, and it can feel as if you were really violated. 


Often there are ways in which you are being threatened or taken advantage of, and you feel that perhaps you are making a big deal out of a situation. When you are reacting this way in your dreams chances are that your own fears about a person or situation are founded, and you should keep up your guard.


To want to be raped indicates you wish someone to take control of a situation you have been struggling with. To be raped in real life and have flashbacks is perfectly natural. You need to try to work through the trauma with a therapist and gain control over the situation. 


Dreaming of repetitive recurring dreams of rape is connected to feeling "violated" in waking life. Are you feeling victimized? Any dream of sexual assault is connected to feeling vulnerable in waking life. There is a situation "out of control, " and it is time for you to move on in life. You may be facing situations that are proving difficult. To dream of incest or rape of family members indicates that you do not trust someone close to you. It can signify possible "trust" issues in the past. Dreaming of being raped by a demon is a psychic dream that indicates that your soul is trying to find ways to control someone's inappropriate behavior in life. You have some fear or worry that someone in waking life will take the "control" away from you. This dream can be disturbing and is playing on your subconscious mind.  If you perform any type of magical psychic work, then it is possible that you can be raped by a demon. The two main demons are incubus (male sexual demon) and succubus (female sexual demon)  at times these Demons focus on the attack to confuse the dreamer about sexual orientation.  The way to protect yourself against "demon rape"  dreams is to say slam 


This dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life…


  • Feeling taken advantage of.
  • Having no power or control in your life.
  • Being concerned about your family or loved ones.
  • Letting go.


Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of rape… 

Terrified. Scared. Dominant. Powerful. Powerless. Used. Dirty. Deserving. Determined. Alarmed. Caution. Accusatory. Angry. Violated. Taken Advantage Of. Mean. Vigor.


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