Alcohol and other drug use is a major risk factor for sexual assault on college campuses. In a college setting, 74% of perpetrators and 55% of rape victims had been drinking alcohol.* This statistic is NOT intended to infer blame on victims who have been drinking or attended a party where alcohol is involved, but to point out the role that alcohol plays in sexual assault.
According to the United States Department of Justice, 1 in 5 women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students, compared to about 1 in 16 college men. If you (or someone you know) is the victim of sexual assault, help is available. For information about getting help or reporting a sexual assault, visit our Help for Survivors page on our Title IX section.
*Abby, Antonia. (2002) Alcohol Related Sexual Assault: A common problem among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. Supplement No 14, 2002.
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