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What Stops Unwanted Sexual and Social Advances Made by Heavy Drinking College Men?

Authors
  • Orchowski, Lindsay M1
  • Oesterle, Daniel W2
  • Haikalis, Michelle3
  • 1 Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
  • 2 Department of Psychological Sciences, 311308Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
  • 3 Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, 6752Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of interpersonal violence
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2022
Volume
37
Issue
23-24
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/08862605211072157
PMID: 35363590
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although rates of sexual aggression are high among college men who engage in heavy drinking, little is known regarding how often heavy drinking college men initiate unwanted sexual advances towards women that could lead to a potential sexual assault or the reasons why these advances stop or proceed. The present study describes heavy drinking college men's (N = 210) initiation of unwanted sexual and social advances towards women, as well as outcomes of these interactions, including how often these behaviors continue, and men's perception of what stopped the behavior over a 3-month period. Men indicated whether they were in a situation where a sexual partner noted that she does not want sexual activity to proceed further, initiated unwanted sexual contact, initiated unwanted sexual intercourse, attempted to give a woman alcohol when she did not appear to want to drink, or attempted to take a woman to an isolated location when she did not appear to want to go. These unwanted sexual and social advances most often stopped because of women's verbal resistance (i.e., saying "stop" or "no"), or because men engaged in a discussion regarding the women's limits or choices. Given that none of the unwanted sexual or social advances stopped because of bystander intervention, the present study highlights the importance of raising awareness of the effectiveness of women's resistance tactics and continuing to train bystanders to notice and take action to address risky situations.

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