Alcohol-Related Sexual Assault: A Common Problem Among College Students

From Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Supplement #14

About the Course:

This publication summarizes research on the role of alcohol in college students’ sexual assault experiences. Sexual assault is extremely common among college students and at least half of these sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or both. Two research literatures were reviewed: the sexual assault literature and the literature that examines alcohol’s effects on aggressive and sexual behavior. Course materials are found on pages 118-128 using Adobe toolbar page finder.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

March 2002


Antonia Abbey, Ph.D.

About the Author:

The author is with the Department of Community Medicine at Wayne State University in Michigan.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol-related sexual assault. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault among college students and the prevalence of assaults which are alcohol-related.

  2. Discuss various explanations for the relationship between alcohol consumption and sexual assault.

  3. Identify directions for future research into alcohol consumption and sexual assault, and discuss prevention and policy implications stemming from the review.

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