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Orcutt, Holly K.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


Alcohol-involved sexual assault is more common on college and appears to garner more negative social reactions, such as victim blaming than forcible assault. There are two specified types of alcohol-involved sexual assaults identified in the literature: drug and alcohol facilitated rape (DAFR) and incapacitated rape (IR). Factors such as rape myths, rape scripts and alcohol expectancies also have been implicated in victim blaming. This study sought to test Abbey’s model of alcohol’s role in sexual assault in predicting victim blame by a third-party observer and examine differences in victim blame between IR and DAFR. Participants included 227 undergraduates at a large Midwestern university who read either an IR or DAFR vignette and completed measures of victim and perpetrator blame, alcohol expectancies, rape myth acceptance, and traditional gender roles, as well as sexual victimization and perpetration history. Results offer preliminary support for the Abbey’s model of alcohol’s role in sexual assault, with vulnerability to sexual coercion expectancies predicting victim blame and aggressive expectancies for men predicting perpetrator blame. No differences in victim blame were found between the IR and DAFR groups. Implications and future directions discussed.


119 pages




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