Stats on Sexual Assaults
The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new study that offers some insight on the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses. The Bureau of Justice surveyed 23,000 students from nine different universities for the report that found 10.3% of female undergraduates had been the victim of a sexual assault.
The same study showed that as many as one in four women experience sexual assault at college, though the vast majority never report it, and that an average of 21% of female undergraduates at the unnamed universities told researchers that they had been sexually assaulted since starting their college education. While these statistics seem shocking, they only corroborate previous studies on the same subject thus lending credence to the figures.
According to some statistics from this article by The Atlantic, sexual assault is virtually nonexistent according to hundreds of college presidents. It is our opinion, that since college presidents have a dog in the fight, they are more prone to deny the existence of a problem on their campus. Apparently the problem is that every statistic about campus sexual assaults seems to be contradicted or challenged by another one. Part of the problem is that so few students actually report the incident to police or even campus authorities.
A Portland State University professor was awarded a $750,000 grant to help colleges and universities stop sexual assaults before they occur. The professor was awarded one grant through the US Department of Justice on monitoring and tracking sex offenders. He was charged with developing and designing a comprehensive and replicable manual that could be used nationwide-a huge task.
In this story by USA Today a popular fraternity house chapter president was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual assault and first-degree sex abuse. The story contains the emotional student reactions to this event which has rocked the campus. The claim is made by one student that the Greek system has turned into a hunting ground and an incubator for sexual assault- strong words coming from a student. She says that it starts in freshman year when you go to parties and women are treated as a commodity. Unfortunately, Greek leaders are mostly silent on this because they have to protect their brand. Secondly, the Greek alumni are the biggest donors and most involved alumni. It is not in their best interest to prosecute these cases.
In this story in The Guardian, the author makes the point that the entire rape reporting system on campuses is rigged to let the predators go free. Some studies show one in every four women are sexually assaulted, but the figure of one in five women being sexually assaulted is more common. Whatever the figure you choose to use, the number of perpetrators actually convicted of a crime is close to zero. That’s what the crime is!
This story in Orange County, Florida one in every five women are victims of sexual assault and another statistic of one in five men accused of sex crimes has ever been convicted. A lot of it has to do with alcohol. Many of the women victims are so drugged or drunk they can’t remember what happened.
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Share with us any stories you have heard about sexual assaults on campus. Don’t be bashful, chime in with your story!