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Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences


Published in the American Journal of Health Studies 1998, 14(1): 1-10.


The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships among alcohol consumption, sexual assault and rape, and nonsexual violence in a college population at a large Northeastern university. A 49-item questionnaire was designed to elicit responses from both victims and perpetrators. Of the 1,084 respondents: 518 were male, 566 were female, the majority were White (91.8%), and in the 18-21 age range. Unwanted sexual activity, rape, and violence were significantly related to alcohol consumption on the college campus studied. These data indicated that alcohol was involved in: a) unwanted sexual activity--both from the victim's perspective (85.7%) and from the perpetrator's perspective (76.0%); b) rape--both from the victim's perspective (69.0%) and from the perpetrator's perspective (100%); and nonsexual violent acts from the same sex (59.5%), and (c) from the opposite sex (58.9%). The findings are consistent with those of previous studies that indicate a persistent trend in the negative consequences of violence linked to alcohol use and abuse among college students.