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Women at ‘party schools' more likely to be raped, says study

Women who attend colleges where binge drinking is more common are 1.5 times more likely to be raped while drunk than women at schools with lower binge-drinking rates, according to a new study released by the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study.

The study also found that 72 percent of women who reported they were raped in college said the assault occurred while they were too intoxicated to give or refuse consent.
Women who attend colleges where binge drinking is more common are 1.5 times more likely to be raped while drunk than women at schools with lower binge-drinking rates, according to a new study released by the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study.

The study also found that 72 percent of women who reported they were raped in college said the assault occurred while they were too intoxicated to give or refuse consent.

The study defines binge drinking as drinking five or more drinks consecutively at least once in the past two weeks for men, four or more drinks in a row for women.

A college was considered a “party school” if 50 percent or more students surveyed had engaged in such behavior.

George Dowdell, co-author of the study and professor of sociology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, said higher education institutions need to “change the culture of college drinking” so that it is not seen as a “harmless rite of passage, but a risk factor in violence against women.”
—Excerpted from Scripps Howard News Service