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Increase Education Programs for Students on the Risks of Alcohol-Induced Casual Sex

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Alcohol seems to go hand in hand with attending college and casual sex tends to go hand in hand with alcohol. According to studies at the Center of Health and Behavior, 51% of women had engaged in casual sex before attending college while 60% engaged into it by the end of the semester, and of which 64% were under the influence of alcohol (Walsh, Jennifer L., et al.). Through those statistics that’s nearly 40% of all college women engaging into casual sex while under the influence. Alcohol induced rape cases have the highest percentage (19.4%) compared to child sexual abuse (6.2%) or forcible rape (6.4%) (Walsh, Kate, et al.). In a society where we assume that liquid courage leads to casual sex, this may be a problem when the results ends in something as extreme as Alcohol-Induced Sexual Assault (AISA).

It may seem as though it is easier to blame the victim if they were under the influence due to this assumption. The studies conducted by Neil M. Malamuth testing the morality of men asked each subject the question, “If you could be assured that no one would know and that you could in no way be punished for engaging in the following acts, how likely, if at all, would you be to commit such act?” Consistently throughout his studies, (with the percentages of men who would not engage in these acts) transvestism (87%), pedophilia (86%), murder (85%), and rape (84%) were all at the top of the moral ladder. However rape being at the top percentile, forced-sex (62%) was at the bottom just above bondage (56%), anal (29%), and group sex (24%) while there were a total of eleven circumstances. In other words, more than 1/3 men would force-sex. The difference between force sex and rape depends solely on the conscious mind of the victim. 'Did she consciously give in' is the question that makes the difference. Rape is forced sex, but forced sex is not always seen as rape. However, I would like to argue that there should be no distinction, but there is obviously a difference to the men in this study. In a society that often blames the victim if they were under the influence, it aids an environment where the men who would force sex ultimately would because they can get away with it. 

The much deeper problem of the morality of men is not necessarily a problem that we can raise a solution to, or at least one that yields higher results. The problem is not casual sex either, but rather alcohol-induced casual sex. The solution is to expand from other programs at The Phoenix Center at the Auraria Campus such as from:

  • Men Can Stop Rape
  • No More

and to implement regular college programs that will inform students on the following:

  • Increase the awareness of alcohol-intoxicity and impairments 
  • Promote and teach how to count your alcohol contents
  • Regularly test students on the alcohol percentages 
  • Increase the awareness of the difference between how men and women respond to certain situations
  • Promote healthy mental lives
  • Promote healthy sexual lives
  • Increase the awareness of prevailing STDs in your area
  • Promote premeditated measures on active condom use
  • Promote the importance of seeking help after an incident to reduce the cycle
  • Reframing Pavlov's experiment to break the association and expectation of alcohol and sex
  • Promote future parents to talk about the details of the birds and the bees and not just the main ideas

The reality is that there are a lot of resources out there, but it is hard to reach out in a society itself that associates alcohol with casual sex. Nonetheless, when society expects sexual activities after alcohol consumption. There are programs out there designed for domestic violence, healthy relationships, and even gender roles. However, there are no programs readily available to students that are designed for alcohol-induced sexual assault. Nonetheless, the programs are only done through requested upon. With the percentage of Alcohol-Induced Sexual Assault prevailing over all other rape cases, I believe it to be of importance to design a program solely for this purpose on campus.

This program does not need to reach everyone on campus directly. It just needs to reach a least a few dozen, passionate students that would spend time implementing these programs and reaching out to other programs to aid in awareness. Also creating a positive atmosphere for all college students that have been involved in Alcohol-Induced Sexual Assault. 

After my experience, I found that it is a trigger to talk about the incident, but it is healing to be able to do something about it. Through further research and knowledge I feel as though I am regaining the control and confidence that I need for the future. For in the future I will have all the preventive measures to protect myself. By creating these programs, no matter how small, will impact greatly. Especially for those who feel like they have been silenced, may find a way to speak up again. 

By signing this petition, you too agree that this is an important issue at hand and that this would be a step in the right direction. 

 

 

Malamuth, Neil M. “The Attraction to Sexual Aggression Scale: Part Two.” Journal of Sex Research, vol. 26, no. 3, 1989, pp. 324–354., doi:10.1080/00224498909551519.

“The Phoenix Center at Auraria|Anschutz.” The Phoenix Center at AurariaAnschutz, www.thepca.org/

Walsh, Jennifer L., et al. “Do Alcohol and Marijuana Use Decrease the Probability of Condom Use for College Women?” The Journal of Sex Research, vol. 51, no. 2, 2013, pp. 145–158., doi:10.1080/00224499.2013.821442.

Walsh, Kate, et al. “Perceived Sexual Control, Sex-Related Alcohol Expectancies and Behavior Predict Substance-Related Sexual Revictimization.” Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 37, no. 5, 2013, pp. 353–359., doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.11.009.

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