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J Am Coll Health. 2008 Nov-Dec;57(3):261-72. doi: 10.3200/JACH.57.3.261-272.

Drug-facilitated sexual assault: college women's risk perception and behavioral choices.

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Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH 45056, USA. crawfoeb@muohio.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors investigated relationships among prior victimization, risk perceptions, and behavioral choices in responding to drug-facilitated sexual assault in a college party where alcohol is available.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS:

From fall 2003 to spring 2004, over 400 female undergraduates rated risk perception following an acquaintance rape vignette.

RESULTS:

In general, participants tended to perceive the risk of having someone else pour their beer; however, they did not tend to perceive the risk of leaving one's beer unattended. Results also indicated that college students who felt ill at a party were not likely to suspect the presence of a date-rape drug and when sexual assault occurred, a significant minority of respondents blamed the victim. Victims of prior sexual assault were more likely to report that they would make risky choices, such as accepting a male acquaintance's offer to help them into their bedroom.

CONCLUSIONS:

Implications for the prevention of sexual assault are discussed.

PMID:
18980881
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.57.3.261-272
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