Alcohol and Rape Among College Women: Implications for Prevention

George Dowdall, St. Joseph's University

The Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study has large national studies of drinking and other drug use amog college students. Surveys in 1997 and 1999 included questions about rape and its correlates. The data are used to examine the role that alcohol and other drug use plays in raising the risk of rape. Comparisons across campuses lead empirical suport to Sanday's contention that campuses vary greatly in being "rape-prone" and "rape-free". Strategies for reducing the risk of rape for individuals and for reducing the rate of rape across colleges and presented in the light of these findings.

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Updated 05/20/2006