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

Authors
  • Davis, Kelly Cue1
  • Stoner, Susan A
  • Norris, Jeanette
  • George, William H
  • Masters, N Tatiana
  • 1 School of Social Work, University of Washington, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2009
Volume
15
Issue
9
Pages
1106–1125
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1077801209340759
PMID: 19675365
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

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.

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