How does alcohol contribute to sexual assault? Explanations from laboratory and survey data

Antonia Abbey, Tina Zawacki, Philip O. Buck, Maria Testa, Kathleen Parks, Jeanette Norris, Susan E. Martin, Jennifer A. Livingston, Pam McAuslan, A. Monique Clinton, Cheryl L. Kennedy, William H. George, Kelly Cue Davis, Joel Martell

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This article summarizes the proceedings of a symposium of the 2001 RSA Meeting in Montreal, Canada. The chair was Antonia Abbey and the organizers were Tina Zawacki and Philip O. Buck. There were four presentations and a discussant. The first presentation was made by Maria Testa whose interviews with sexual assault victims suggest that there may be differences in the characteristics of sexual assaults in which both the victim and perpetrator were using substances as compared to when only the perpetrator was using substances. The second presentation was made by Tina Zawacki whose research found that perpetrators of sexual assaults that involved alcohol were in most ways similar to perpetrators of sexual assaults that did not involve alcohol, although they differed on impulsivity and several alcohol measures. The third presentation was made by Kathleen Parks who described how alcohol consumption affected women's responses to a male confederate's behavior in a simulated bar setting. The fourth presentation was made by Jeanette Norris who found that alcohol and expectancies affected men's self-reported likelihood of acting like a hypothetical sexually aggressive man. Susan E. Martin discussed the implications of these studies and made suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-581
Number of pages7
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Alcohol Problems
  • Prevention
  • Sexual Assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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