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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

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Sexual Assault and Alcohol

True or False Quiz

  1. Most victims of sexual assaults on campuses know their assaulters.
    True. According to the Higher Education Center, 80 percent of college rapes involved someone the attacker knew; more than half involve a date.
  2. The legal charges for date rapes or acquaintance rapes are less severe than for more severe types of sexual assault.
    False. A rape is a rape (and a felony), regardless of whether the individuals involved know each other. Sexual assault by someone one knows sometimes creates even more severe issues for the victim to resolve.
  3. The drugs most commonly involved in sexual assaults are Rohypnol and GHB.
    False. According to the Core Institute survey, alcohol is involved in some 80 percent of college sexual assaults. No other drug comes even close.
  4. A woman who drinks alcohol on a date is a willing sex partner.
    False. As ridiculous as this statement sounds, a surprising percentage of college males reported assuming this to be true on the national Core Institute survey of college students.

Sexual Assault Prevention Strategies:

While sexual assault is never the victim's fault, there are some strategies that make it less likely to occur:

  • Don't rely on ESP. Communicate clearly if you are not interested in a sexual relationship.
  • Don't leave a drink unattended or accept an open drink from someone you don't know well.
  • Make a deal with friends to watch out for each other.
  • Never "pair off" with someone you just met at a party or social event, even it the person is a "friend of a friend."
  • Avoid secluded, dark places.
  • If you drink, drink moderately. More than a couple drinks can reduce inhibitions, cloud judgment, and leave one unable to effectively communicate or resist assaults.
  • Abstain from alcohol when in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people.
  • Lock doors and windows.
  • Know where emergency phones are and how to use them.
  • Share your schedule with people you trust; people should generally know where you are.
  • Go out with friends, stay with friends, and leave with friends.