Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Alcohol & Sexual Assault

Alcohol is the substance used most frequently used to facilitate sexual assault.(Campus Sexual Assault Study, National Institute of Justice, 2007)

Approximately 50% of reported cases of sexual assault involve alcohol consumption by the survivor, the perpetrator, or both. (Abbey, Zawacki, et al., 2001)

What is Consent?

What is Consent?

SAPAC promotes the use of affirmative consent in its sexual assault prevention education. Affirmative consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says "yes" to sexual activity with other persons. Consent is always freely given and all people in a sexual situation must feel that they are able to say "yes" or "no" or stop the sexual activity at any point.

Options for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Sexual assaults can be terrifying and traumatic. You are not to blame and you are not alone. Various options are available to you if you have been sexually assaulted, including a medical examination, supportive counseling, reporting the crime, and informal conflict resolution

Common Reactions to Sexual Assault

Each survivor of sexual assault responds uniquely to the assault, and the recovery process is different for each individual. These reactions may be experienced days, months, or years after an assault. Survivors suffer a great deal of physical and emotional trauma as a result of a sexual assault. Responses to a sexual assault can be immediate or delayed. Each survivor responds uniquely, and the recovery process is different for each individual.