A report from AVA on survivor’s experiences of the link between alcohol, drugs and sexual violence. The report reviews existing evidence on survivors’ substance use prior to sexual assault, and how this is deemed to impact on their “capacity to consent” in UK law, whilst also seeking the views of survivors of sexual violence about how they believe their use of alcohol or other drugs impacted on their capacity to consent.
The report provides an evidence base for AVA to produce guidance for policymakers and professionals, including police and prosecutors, on promoting access to justice for survivors of sexual violence who use substances.
The report is available here.
More information about AVA is available here.