Does Change in Binge Drinking Reduce Risk of Repeat Sexual Assault Victimization? Evidence From Three Cohorts of Freshman Undergraduate Women
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Crime & Delinquency
Many college students who experience sexual assault experience subsequent (i.e., repeat) sexual assault incidents. There is also an established relationship between sexual assault and binge drinking. The “once bitten, twice shy” (OBTS) hypothesis suggests that those who experience alcohol- or drugrelated (AOD) sexual assault would reduce how frequently they binge drink in an effort to avoid repeat victimization. We test this hypothesis by analyzing two years of survey data collected from a panel of three cohorts of freshmen women. Supportive of OBTS, our analyses reveal that students who experienced an AOD-related sexual assault at time 1 only reduced the number of days they binge drank from time 1 to time 2 and that this change significantly differed from repeat victims. Implications for efforts to reduce sexual victimization against college women are discussed.
Butler, L. C., Fisher, B.S., & Reyns, B. W. (2020, December 11). Does change in binge drinking reduced risk of repeat sexual assault victimization? Evidence from three cohorts of freshman undergraduate women. Crime & Delinquency, 68(3), 357-380. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128720978734
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Sage in Crime & Delinquency, 68(3) on December 11, 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128720978734
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