The potentially catastrophic combination of drugs and alcohol on college campuses has been well-documented over the years. From setting up students in Escondido, Calif. and elsewhere for the need for treatment in alcohol rehab centers to causing drunk driving accidents, it’s quite clear that alcohol and college students are a bad combination. And new research regarding rape on college campuses has made alcohol’s harmful impact even more obvious.
U.S. News recently reported that 15 percent of female college freshman “are raped while incapacitated from alcohol or drugs”—approximately one out of every six women. Even more alarming is the fact that many of these same students had been raped under similar circumstances before entering college.
Much like influencing whether one will eventually need treatment in alcohol rehab centers, students’ views regarding alcohol were found to significantly impact their likelihood of being raped during their freshman year of college. This was especially true of women who felt that using alcohol could enhance their sexual experiences. Those with more favorable views of alcohol consumption were ultimately more likely to become victims of incapacitated rape.
It is clear that parents in Escondido and across the country have a great responsibility in teaching children the importance of avoiding unsafe alcohol consumption. This knowledge is more important than ever in protecting female college students from dangerous situations.