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Alcohol & Sexual Assault


Alcohol and other drug use is a major risk factor for sexual assault on college campuses. 74% of perpetrators and 55% of victims of rape in a college setting had been drinking alcohol*. This statistic is not intended to infer blame on victims who have been drinking or attended a party where alcohol is involved, but to identify the role that alcohol plays in sexual assault.

Just under 3% of all college women become victims of rape throughout a single academic year (United States Department of Justice, 2005).  On the NDSU campus, where 46% of roughly 14,000 students are women, we can estimate that each academic year around 193 female students are victims of completed or attempted rape.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of these offenses go unreported.

If you (or someone you know) are the victim of sexual assault, help is available! For information about getting help or reporting a sexual assault, visit the "Get Help Now" section of the Sexual Assault Prevention website.

If you are interested in learning more about sexual assault prevention at NDSU and how you can become involved or get more information, visit the Sexual Assault Prevention website 


*Abby, Antonia. (2002) Alcohol Related Sexual Assault: A Common Problem among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. Supplement NO 14, 2002

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North Dakota State University
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5260 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:25:49 PM
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