Unreported sexual assault on campus
College is a time that is for learning, growing, and figuring out how you want to impact the world.College is not all about partying and experimenting with sex, drugs and alcohol.However, perpetrators see intoxicated or sedated victims as easy targets. But when a college student is partaking in substance use, they may not be able to give their consent.Alcohol and drug use can make the lines blurry regarding what is right and what is wrong. Their perception of everything is distorted, and sexual offenders may take advantage of this.A study in 2003 at the University of Southern Illinois found that at least 80% of college students who were sexually assaulted were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Unfortunately, substance abuse in college can result in dire consequences such as receiving poor grades and getting kicked out of school.
The ’s analysis also found that the number of reports of sexual offenses that same year show an increase of 50% over the previous three years.
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, almost 700,000 college students are assaulted by another student who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 reported experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or rape.
Let’s be clear here – sexual assault and rape are never the victim’s fault, whether or not they were intoxicated or used drugs.
And the use of substances by the aggressor is never an excuse for the assault.
Therefore, it is difficult to determine exact statistics.