Term of Award

Summer 2006

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Nathan W. Pino

Committee Member 1

William L. Smith

Committee Member 2

Barbara Hendry

Abstract

Using existing data from the 1999 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, this thesis analyzes the social predictors of unwanted sexual advances experienced by college women and where this type of victimization occurs. Hypotheses were derived from routine activities theory and feminist theory. Findings show that attendance at bars has a more significant effect on experiences of unwanted sexual advances than attendance at parties, attendance at drink promotions, and participation in drinking games. Increased alcohol consumption at bars has a signifcant effect on unwanted sexual advances. The analysis also reveals that alcohol abstention at parties has a significant effect on unwanted sexual advances. Implications of the findings are discussed.

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