Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Personal responsibility

Best and most succinct summary of the relationship (for the record, it's correlation, not causation) between drinking and sexual assault that I've read.

"Alcohol use does not cause sexual violence. Putting alcohol into your system does not
cause you to commit a sexual assault anymore than putting gasoline into your car causes you to
drive to the airport. Gasoline makes it easier to do what you want to do (e.g., drive a car) while
alcohol also makes it easier to do what you want to do (e.g., grope women). If you do not at least
think about doing something when sober, you are not likely to do it when drunk. For example, no
one worries about becoming so intoxicated that he will lose control and stab himself in the eye
with a fork. Why? Because he would never consider doing that when sober."
--"Alcohol use does not cause sexual violence, by By Scott Hampton, Psy.D., Director, Ending The Violence

Everything that you do drunk is what you would do sober, if you had no inhibitions. There's no excuse for assault, ever.

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