Alcohol & Sexual Assault

Victims of sexual assault who were under the influence of alcohol may not realize that they have been sexually assaulted. Even though they were unwilling to participate, the victims may not interpret this sexual encounter as rape, believing that it was their fault for being too drunk, and no one is held accountable for the crime.

Both males and females are equally susceptible to sexual assault under the influence of alcohol. There is a common misunderstanding that "knockout" drugs are the most prevalent substances used by a person to inhibit sexual boundaries in another. The reality is that alcohol is used more than any other substance to facilitate sexual assault and rape.

For the aggressor, lacking awareness of the assault because of drunkenness does not mean lacking the intent. Having no memory of assaulting a person does not mean that it did not happen or that it is justifiable. Alcohol is NEVER an excuse to cover up a violent sexual act.

Some Signs that May Lead to Sexual Assault When Alcohol is Involved

  • A social situation with alcohol and bystanders encouraging risky behavior
  • A person or group of persons actively creating a situation in which two or more people are isolated
  • A person is putting pressure on another for a sexual encounter

For more information on alcohol and other drugs, please visit the Campus Alcohol & Drug Education Center