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January 28, 2014

Drinking culture linked to sexual violence, research finds - The Irish Times

The Government is failing to prevent rape and sexual violence and is ignoring the role alcohol plays in sexual aggression, according to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI). The RCNI launched two reports on Tuesday, highlighting the role of alcohol in sexual violence, and the lack of information about sexual behavior among “older children” - those over the age of 12. According to Antonia Abbey, an expert in sexual assault perpetration from Wayne State University, alcohol is involved in about 50 percent of incidences of sexual violence, although it’s not the sole cause. “There are a lot of other risk factors involved including hostility towards women, sexual dominance, and childhood sexual, physical and emotion abuse,” she said.

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