Victim Ambiguity: Bystander Intervention and Sexual Assault in the College Drinking Scene

  title={Victim Ambiguity: Bystander Intervention and Sexual Assault in the College Drinking Scene},
  author={Brandie Pugh and Holly B. Ningard and Thomas M. Vander Ven and Leah C. Butler},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={401 - 418}
ABSTRACT Alcohol-related sexual assault is the most common form of sexual victimization on college campuses. Bystander intervention has been suggested as effective in preventing sexual assault, but its usefulness in sexual assaults that involve alcohol in particular has not yet been examined. The current study draws from intensive interviews with 30 undergraduates at a large Midwestern university to understand how students’ perceptions about sexual victimization and alcohol use affect their… 
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