Sorority participation and sexual assault risk

Violence Against Women. 2009 Jul;15(7):835-51. doi: 10.1177/1077801209334472. Epub 2009 May 19.


This study tested the relationship between sexual assault victimization, sorority membership, and participation in a range of sorority activities, using data from a large-sample (N = 779) survey conducted at a midsize public university. A total of 29% of sorority women reported having been sexually assaulted while in college, four times the rate (7%) among nonsorority members. The difference between Greek and non-Greek women remained large even when controls were included for alcohol consumption and attendance at Greek parties where alcohol is served. Among sorority members, participation in social events not involving alcohol correlated negatively with sexual assault, indicating a possible protective effect.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Battered Women / psychology
  • Battered Women / statistics & numerical data*
  • Crime Victims / psychology
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Greece / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Offenses / psychology
  • Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Social Facilitation
  • Socialization*
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Universities
  • Young Adult