April Sexual Assault Awareness/Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol has the ability to change our personalities, our desires, and our inhibitions. While some may use it as an excuse, it can even lead to some very dangerous situations. It is suggested that there is a correlation between alcohol consumption and sexual assault, but the truth is, alcohol is often the tool to target those in an incapacitated state, making them easier prey for the perpetrators to take advantage of their weakened state.

With an estimated 25% of American women having experienced sexual assault, and half of those reported cases involving alcohol either by the victim or the perpetrator, it is imperative to examine the risks before engaging in a potentially hazardous experience.  “Alcohol contributes to sexual assault through multiple pathways, often exacerbating existing risk factors. Beliefs about alcohol’s effects on sexual and aggressive behavior, stereotypes about drinking women, and alcohol’s effects on cognitive and motor skills contribute to alcohol-involved sexual assault” (NIH 2019).

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