Women's awareness of and discomfort with sexual assault cues: Effects of alcohol consumption and relationship type

Kelly Cue Davis, Susan A. Stoner, Jeanette Norris, William H. George, N. Tatiana Masters

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Abstract

Two studies examined the effects of alcohol and relationship type on women's sexual assault risk perception. Study 1 participants (N = 62) consumed a moderate alcohol dose or nonalcoholic beverage, then rated their awareness of and discomfort with sexual assault risk cues in a hypothetical encounter with a new or established dating partner. Study 2 (N = 351) compared control, placebo, low, and high alcohol dose conditions using a similar scenario. Intoxicated women reported decreased awareness of and discomfort with risk cues. An established relationship decreased discomfort ratings. Findings indicate that alcohol may increase women's sexual victimization likelihood through reduced sexual assault risk perception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1106-1125
Number of pages20
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume15
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Risk perception
  • Sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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