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By on January 15, 2010

Coercive Sexual Experiences and Alcohol

Recent articles by highlight the links between alcohol and sexual coercion for perpetration and drug use associated with intimate partner violence. This recent article ePublished in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence examines the role of alcohol experiences on protective behaviors.

Prevention cannot be done solely by trying to ensure that potential victims protect themselves. Nor does it seem reasonable to expect potential perpetrators to individually realize that their behavior is wrong. How can we change the environment around alcohol experiences that will reduce sexual violence?

The full abstract and link to journal’s web site follow the jump.

Coercive Sexual Experiences, Protective Behavioral Strategies, Alcohol Expectancies and Consumption Among Male and Female College Students.

Palmer RS, McMahon TJ, Rounsaville BJ, Ball SA. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2009; ePublished December 29, 2009.

Click here for a link to the abstract on the journal’s web site.

(Copyright © 2009, Sage Publications)

Alcohol use and sexual assault on college campuses are highly prevalent and the focus of numerous prevention and intervention efforts. Our goals were to gain a greater understanding of the relationship between coercive sexual experiences, utilization of protective behavioral strategies and alcohol expectancies and consumption among male and female college students. We surveyed 370 college students regarding their past year experiences and found that 34% of women and 31% of men reported unwanted sexual contact, 6% of women and 13% of men reported engaging in sexually coercive behavior, and 4% of women and 9% of men reported experiencing both unwanted contact and engaging in sexually coercive behavior. Findings indicated students who experienced unwanted sexual contact reported significant differences in alcohol expectancies. More specifically, those who engaged in sexually coercive behaviors had significantly higher sex-related alcohol expectancies. In addition, recipients of unwanted contact reported higher alcohol consumption, used fewer protective strategies when drinking, and experienced more negative consequences due to their alcohol use. Results suggest that campus alcohol and sexual assault prevention efforts should include information on alcohol expectancies and use of protective strategies.