Acquaintance rape: The influence of alcohol, fraternity membership, and sports team membership

Determined the extent of sexual victimization among undergraduate women at a large Midwestern university with specific attention to alcohol use, fraternity membership, and sports team membership. Data were collected via a mail survey from a randomly selected sample of 925 undergraduate women (aged 17-36 yrs). In addition to several dichotomous questions, Ss were asked to describe the most sexually stressful event they had experienced since enrolling at the university. In reference to the described incident, the Ss were asked (1) whether or not alcohol use occurred; (2) if the man was a member of a fraternity; and (3) if the man was a member of a sports team or sports club. Results indicate that sexual violence still occurs on campuses at an alarming rate. Additionally, it was found that alcohol use was associated with sexual violence and that fraternity members and members of sports teams were overrepresented among the accused. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
Author: 
Frintner,Mary Pat
Rubinson,Laurna
Notes: 
LA- English AN- 1994-21721-001
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
272
End Page: 
284
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Journal of Sex Education Therapy
Volume: 
19
Issue: 
4
Abstract: 
This study determined the extent of sexual victimization among undergraduate women at a large Midwestern university, with specific attention paid to alcohol use, fraternity membership, and sports team membership. The Sexually Stressful Events Survey was utilized with modifications clarifying the level of intoxication, and whether or not the accused was a member of a sports team or fraternity. Previous research documenting the high rate of occurrence of sexual assault and other sexually stressful events on college campuses was affirmed. In addition, it was found that alcohol was involved in the majority of the reported sexually stressful events, suggesting an association between alcohol and sexual violence. Both fraternity and sports team members were over-represented among the crimes of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and battery, illegal restraint, and intimidation. Fraternity men represented approximately 25% of men on the campus, and were reported as 47.6% of the men involved in sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. Sports team members make up less than 2% of the campus population and were found to comprise 20.2% of the men involved in sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.
Topic Areas: 
Alcohol, Athletes/Fraternities, Prevalence
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
128
Publication Date: 
1993