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J Am Coll Health. 2010 Mar-Apr;58(5):453-60. doi: 10.1080/07448480903540515.

Forcible, drug-facilitated, and incapacitated rape and sexual assault among undergraduate women.

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Department of Psychology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho 83209, USA. lawystev@isu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the prevalence of drug-related sexual assaults, identify the frequency of assaults that occur following voluntary versus involuntary drug or alcohol consumption, and identify contextual correlates of drug-related assaults.

PARTICIPANTS:

College-student females (n = 314).

METHODS:

Volunteers reported experiences with forcible and drug-related sexual assaults in the spring semester of 2004. Follow-up queries regarding the most severe drug-related assaults determined whether the assaults followed voluntary or involuntary alcohol or drug consumption.

RESULTS:

29.6% (n = 93) of the respondents reported a drug-related sexual assault or rape; 5.4% (n = 17) reported a forcible sexual assault or rape. Voluntary incapacitation preceded 84.6% of drug-related assaults and involuntary incapacitation preceded 15.4% of drug-related assaults. The majority of drug-related assaults (96.1%) involved alcohol consumption prior to assault.

CONCLUSIONS:

Drug-related sexual assaults on college campuses are more frequent than are forcible assaults and are most frequently preceded by voluntary alcohol consumption.

PMID:
20304757
DOI:
10.1080/07448480903540515
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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