Alcohol is the most commonly found substance in sexual assault cases. However, this does not mean alcohol is the reason why sexual assault happens. The only cause of sexual assault is the person committing it.

Drinking can be a common occurrence in college life: college students will drink at social occasions, at sporting events, and also just for fun. Because alcohol is part of many students’ lives, it makes sense that there are links between sexual assault and alcohol at the college level.

Here are some important facts to think about:

  • Alcohol can contribute to an atmosphere where anything goes, including rape by individuals or groups.
  • Alcohol can impair judgment and make it difficult for a person to recognize a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Alcohol is never an excuse – perpetrators do not rape because they are drunk and being drunk is never “asking for it.”

California State Law recognizes that when someone is drunk, she or he is unable to give consent.

Rape is never the victim’s fault. But here are some things that you can do to help reduce your own risk:

  • Know your limits when it comes to alcohol consumption. If you choose to drink, practice safe drinking. Keep track of how many drinks you’ve had and don’t let yourself get out of control.
  • When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other and leave together.
  • Talk with your friends before hand about taking care of one another if you do drink too much. Don’t assume that they know beforehand