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The connection between alcohol and sexual assault
Alcohol impairs judgment and lowers inhibition. It also lowers the ability of a person to recognize a dangerous situation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alcohol is the most common drug used to help commit sexual assault.
When a person drinks too much alcohol:
- It can be harder to think clearly
- It is harder to set limits and to make good choices
- It is harder to tell when a situation becomes dangerous
- It is harder to say "no" to sexual advances
- It is harder to fight back if a sexual assault begins
- It is possible to black out and to have memory loss
Even if a victim drank alcohol, the victim is not at fault for being assaulted.
Lower your risk
- When going out with friends, watch out for each other. Don't allow friends to wander off with people they don't know
- Go with friends, and return with friends. Never leave a friend behind at a party
- Use your own good judgment!
Educate yourself on date-rape drugs
- Never leave a drink unattended
- Never accept a drink from a stranger
- Never accept a drink in an open container
- Avoid taking drinks from a punch bowl
- Avoid drinks with an unusual taste or appearance