The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.

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Substance Use and Sexual Violence

Addictions and Sexual Violence

The links between sexual violence and substance abuse are undeniable, yet rarely discussed. Substances can be used to facilitate sexual violence; victims may have been under the influence at the time of the assault; or victims may be using substances as a coping strategy after the assault. Karla Vierthaler, Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, has put together a few resources that will highlight information on drug and alcohol use and  abuse, the link between addiction, sexual violence and trauma, addiction treatment models and how to best collaborate with these programs.  For more information, please contact Karla at:  kvierthaler@pcar.org



Addiction and Sexual Violence Statistics

Drug chart with Pictures

Internet Resources


Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse - Anno Bib

The Twelve Steps Of Alcoholics Anonymous

Substance Use and Sexual Violence: Building Prevention and Intervention Responses

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Research and Advocacy Digest: Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse
A Publication of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, October 2005

Working with Addicted Survivors of Sexual Assault from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault


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