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

Peter B. Anderson, Walden Univesity
Jennifer Fagen
Laura J. McCormick, Walden University
Anthony Kontos
Riley H. Venable


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.