Alcohol as drug of choice; is drug-assisted rape a misnomer?

Horvath, Miranda A. H. ORCID logoORCID: and Brown, Jennifer M. (2007) Alcohol as drug of choice; is drug-assisted rape a misnomer? Psychology, Crime and Law, 13 (5) . pp. 417-429. ISSN 1068-316X [Article] (doi:10.1080/10683160601061117)


Building on previous research which identified alcohol as the drug of choice for facilitating sexual assaults, this paper analysed 93 rape cases reported to the police in which the victim was under the influence of drugs/alcohol when the assault occurred. The aim was to explore what substances victims consumed to become incapacitated and who induced the state of incapacity. The degree of preplanning suggests that the offender could be described as opportunistic or predatory. Findings demonstrated that the majority of rapes (coming to police notice) in which alcohol or drugs are implicated, are circumstances where the victim has self-intoxicated through alcohol consumption. There were relatively few cases in which drugs had been administered surreptitiously. The analyses successfully identified differences between rapes that occur when the victim is intoxicated or drugged according to how she consumed that alcohol/drug and what kind of alcohol/drugs she had consumed. The concept of negotiative space is offered as a potential theoretical explanation. The findings are discussed in the light of this and recommendations for crime prevention are made.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Rape, drug-assisted rape, alcohol and rape
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research group
ISI Impact: 4
Item ID: 6599
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Depositing User: Miranda Horvath
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2010 09:22
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:32

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