Fifteen percent of first-year female college students are raped while intoxicated from using drugs or alcohol, a new study has shown.
The findings, which are published in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, are based on a group of 483 college students at a private university in New York state.
Researchers hope that the study will prompt universities to discuss students' expectations around alcohol and sex.
“The motivation for the study was to try to identify what might be factors that we could address very early on in freshman year that might be worked in to prevention programs,” lead researcher Kate Carey told Newsweek.
Estimates show that 1 in 5 females will experience a sexual assault during their college career. Assaults that involve alcohol are much more common on college campuses than forcible rapes, research has shown.