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Alcohol/Drugs and Sexual Violence

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Alcohol and drugs are involved in a large percentage (estimated up to 85%) of sexual assault on college campuses.  Drugs and alcohol can lower inhibition and impact the ability to make decisions, including whether or not to be sexual with someone else.  Alcohol and drugs can interfere with communication and increases misperception about the sexual intentions of others.

A person who is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs is not able to give consent.

Drug-facilitated sexual assault involves the intentional use of drugs or alcohol to incapacitate another to help facilitate sexual violence.  Specific information includes:

  • Drugging someone on purpose is considered a felony in most states. This includes someone putting a drug or alcohol into your drink or food without your knowledge.
  • Some drugs used to commit sexual assault include Rohypnol ("roofies"), GHB ("liquid ecstasy") and Ketamine ("special K"). Recreational drugs may also be used to facilitate assault.
  • Many of these drugs are tasteless, odorless, colorless and difficult to detect in a drink. They are just as dangerous when put into water as they are in alcohol.
  • These drugs may be taken voluntarily by the sexual assault survivor (and then the offender takes advantage of resulting vulnerability - seeking out the most wasted person in the room).
  • They may also be ingested involuntarily through beverages including "spiked drinks," non-alcoholic drinks or food.
Alcohol is the most commonly used substance to facilitate rape. A person who chooses to use alcohol or drugs, does not ask or deserve to be sexually assaulted.

/ Title IX

Scott Fitzgerald
Director of Human Resources
Title IX Coordinator
p/ 614.823.1130
e/ Sfitzgerald@otterbein.edu

Julie Saker
Associate Dean of Students
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
p/ 614.823.1554
e/ Jsaker@otterbein.edu

Colette Masterson
Director, Center for Student Involvement
Title IX Investigator
p/ 614.823.3205
e/ Cmasterson@otterbein.edu