Club Drug Use and Intentionality in Perceptions of Rape Victims
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The purpose of the present study was to examine whether intentionality of alcohol or club drug use would affect observer attributions of a victim and a perpetrator after a sexual assault. Participants were 198 male and female college students sampled from a small college located in the United States. In general, participants attributed less blame to the victim, more guilt to the perpetrator, and were more likely to define the assault as rape and convict the perpetrator when the substance use was involuntary as opposed to voluntary. Participants also attributed more blame to the victim and less pleasure to the perpetrator when the sexual assault involved GHB as opposed to Everclear. Implications of these findings are discussed.
KeywordsGHB Perceptions Sexual assault Intentionality
The authors wish to thank Christopher Desiere, Brittany Kohlberger, Mike Richman, Jason Ruggieri, Julie Satkowski, and Jamie Weglarz for their assistance with data collection on this project.
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