Alcohol Consumption and Victim Blaming

Victim blaming arises from the belief that a victim of rape ‘wanted, asked for, enjoyed, or deserved to be raped due to her behaviour or appearance’. [i][ii] Research provides clear evidence that intoxicated female victims of rape are more likely to be blamed or assigned responsibility for the rape than sober victims, while intoxicated male perpetrators tend to be assigned less responsibility than sober perpetrators.[iii] Read more

Sex Related Alcohol Expectancies: mediating rape and alcohol consumption

Across European countries there are notable differences in the behaviours of individuals who consume equal amounts of alcohol.[i] Culture plays a role in how we behave when we consume alcohol. Studies have shown that how an individual responds to alcohol depends on what effects they expect to experience.[ii],[iii] These are called ‘Alcohol expectancies’. Individuals will consume alcohol in order to experience what they believe are the desirable effects of alcohol as understood within their culture.[iv] Read more

Alcohol consumption and the relationship between Perpetrator and Victim in Irish rape cases

Alcohol consumption by both perpetrators and victims of rape is very high in Ireland; yet, our understanding of the ways in which alcohol consumption intersects with various factors in rape cases remains poor. International studies indicate that alcohol consumption patterns in rape cases differ by relationship between perpetrator and victim.1 Read more

Alcohol and Sexual Violence in Ireland: Understanding the Scope of the Problem

Welcome to our new RCNI blog. We have created this blog to post information on our various publications and hope that people will share this information across other platforms.

Here is the first of our series of posts on alcohol and sexual violence. RCNI believe a greater understanding of the link between alcohol and sexual violence, and effective ways to address it, can prevent sexual violence.  Read more

Welcome to Rape Crisis Network Ireland’s Blog

Welcome to our new blog.

We have created this blog to post information on our various publications and hope that people will share this information across other platforms.

Keep an eye out for our first post.