The influence of Gender and Race on Sexual Assault among High Risk Drinkers

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Race, Gender & Class

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Do gender and race interact with high risk drinking to impact the risk for being sexually assaulted and for sexually assaulting others? The responses of students attending a Predominately White Institution (PWI) were compared to the responses of students attending a Historically Black University (HBCU) to selected items on the CORE Drug and Alcohol Survey to measure frequent high-risk (or binge) drinking and sexual assault. At both institutions frequent high-risk drinkers were more likely to have been sexually assaulted (ANOVA, p<.05.), and to have sexually assaulted others (ANOVA, p<.05). These results were consistent regardless of race, gender, or campus. Overall, the incidence of frequent high-risk drinking was much lower among the HBCU students than the PWI students. The prevention of sexual victimization is discussed and recommendations are provided.