Alcohol & Sexual Abuse
The Role of Substance Use

Sexual violence and substance abuse often go hand in hand. In some cases, substance abuse leads to sexual violence and in other cases, victims of sexual abuse turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Barriers to Treatment

- Societal Stigma

- Unreliable Memory 

- Fear of Repercussions 

- Choosing Between Work and Treatment

How substance use may be involved: 

- using substances to facilitate sexual assault 

 

- using drugs or alcohol prior to abuse

 

- using substances to cope with the aftermath of a sexual assault 

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