Embodying Uncertainty? Understanding Heightened Risk Perception of Drink ‘Spiking’

Burgess, Adam and Donovan, Pamela and Moore, Sarah E. (2009) Embodying Uncertainty? Understanding Heightened Risk Perception of Drink ‘Spiking’. British Journal of Criminology, 49 (6). pp. 848-862. ISSN 0007-0955. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azp049 ) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

There is a stark contrast between heightened perceptions of risk associated with drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) and a lack of evidence that this is a widespread threat. Through surveys and interviews with university students in the United Kingdom and United States, we explore knowledge and beliefs about drink-spiking and the linked threat of sexual assault. University students in both locations are not only widely sensitized to the issue, but substantial segments claim first- or second-hand experience of particular incidents. We explore students’ understanding of the DFSA threat in relationship to their attitudes concerning alcohol, binge-drinking, and responsibility for personal safety. We suggest that the drink-spiking narrative has a functional appeal in relation to the contemporary experience of young women's public drinking.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: drug-facilitated sexual assault, uncertainty, personal safety, drugs, alcohol, universities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 14:04 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 11:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34394 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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