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J Am Coll Health. 2009 May-Jun;57(6):639-47. doi: 10.3200/JACH.57.6.639-649.

College women's experiences with physically forced, alcohol- or other drug-enabled, and drug-facilitated sexual assault before and since entering college.

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RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194, USA. krebs@rti.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Research has shown associations between college women's alcohol and/or drug consumption and the risk of sexual assault, but few studies have measured the various means by which sexual assault is achieved.

PARTICIPANTS:

The authors' Campus Sexual Assault Study obtained self-report data from a random sample of undergraduate women (N = 5,446).

METHODS:

The authors collected data on sexual assault victimization by using a cross-sectional, Web-based survey, and they conducted analyses assessing the role of substance use. The authors also compared victimizations before and during college, and across years of study.

RESULTS:

Findings indicate that almost 20% of undergraduate women experienced some type of completed sexual assault since entering college. Most sexual assaults occurred after women voluntarily consumed alcohol, whereas few occurred after women had been given a drug without their knowledge or consent.

CONCLUSIONS:

The authors discuss implications for campus sexual assault prevention programs, including the need for integrated substance use and sexual victimization prevention programming.

PMID:
19433402
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.57.6.639-649
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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