Alcohol and violence: epidemiology, neurobiology, by Marc Galanter, Henri Begleiter

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Drinking or some types of pub or bar behavior may be factors that increase a woman’s vulnerability. ,38 in their study of fatal sexual assaults, report a positive blood alcohol content (BAC) for 40% of the victims; of these, half were intoxicated. These investigators suggested that the victims may have contributed to their deaths by their behavior and judgment, including the inability to escape. 36 on alcohol and rape in Winnipeg shows a much higher proportion of alcohol-present cases in their series, although the study design is similar.

Based on interviews with a sample of 500 sexual offenders, Groth and Birnbaum outline three patterns: 1. Anger rape: “Sexuality becomes a means of expressing and discharging feelings of pent-up anger and rage. The assault is characterized by physical brutality. ” 2. Power rape: “In these assaults, it is not the offender’s desire to harm his victim but to possess her sexually. Sexuality becomes a means of compensating for underlying feelings of inadequacy and serves to express issues of master, strength, control .

Of the 88, 60 were classified as nonalcoholic, although others met some of the investigators' criteria for alcoholism. Both groups of offenders had experienced problems in their parental families either through divorce or death. Nearly half of the offenders had a parent die or the parents divorce by 1 • Issues in Alcohol-Related Violence 25 the time the offender reached age 18. Both groups had school problems and low levels of educational attainment. The alcoholic group began drinking considerably earlier than the nonalcoholic group: at about 14 for alcoholics and over 16 for nonalcoholics.

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