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Burgess A, Donovan P, Moore SEH. 
“Embodying Uncertainty? Understanding heightened risk perception of drink 'spiking'”. 
Brit J Criminol. 2009.
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 secondhand 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.
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