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Alcohol and Sexual Violence Perpetration

Published Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2008

Alcohol and Sexual Violence Perpetration
Antonia Abbey
With Contributions from Lydia Guy Ortiz

This paper summarizes the research literature that examines alcohol’s role in sexual violence perpetration. The first section provides estimates of the frequency with which alcohol consumption and sexual assault perpetration co-occur. After describing the criteria required to determine that one variable causes change in another, relevant experimental and survey research are critically reviewed. The final section includes suggestions for practitioners based on available scientific knowledge.