Young adults, especially women ages 18-24, are at a high risk for sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses. In fact, sex crimes are more pervasive on university grounds compared to other offenses.
Although many colleges have policies in place to guard against—and punish the perpetrators of—sexual assault, these unfortunate incidents still occur. Sexual assault doesn’t just mean rape, but also any form of unwanted sexual contact. Additionally, it may or may not involve force.
To help provide a complete picture of the state of sexual assault on college campuses today, the following are the statistics of the alarming epidemic:
- According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while attending college.
- According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 90 percent of campus sexual assaults are committed by perpetrators that the victim knows.
- In a report by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), only two percent of rapists (including those who commit rapes that go unreported by the victim) ever serve prison time.
- The Department of Justice states that more than 50 percent of college sexual assaults occur either in August, September, October, or November. Furthermore, students are at an increased risk during the first few months of their first and second semesters in college.
- In a report by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), 12 percent of college student victims report the assault to law enforcement. Only seven percent of survivors of incapacitated sexual assault report to the police. Victims cite various reasons for not reporting: not wanting others to know, lack of proof, confusion regarding whether what occurred constitutes assault, fear of retaliation, did not know how to report, and fear of being treated poorly by the criminal justice system.
- According to a report from the American Association of University Women Education Foundation, surveying 2,036 enrolled college students, most say they sexually harassed others because they thought it was funny. Nearly one-third of them said they did it because they thought the person wanted sexual attention, and around one-third said they did it because it just what people did.
- A report from the Association of American Universities, surveying 27 institutions of higher education, rates of sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses are highest among undergraduate females and those identifying as transgender, gender-queer, and non-conforming.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a sexual assault in Michigan, our Okemos personal injury attorneys at White Law PLLC can offer experienced legal assistance in regard to securing compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Our legal team is currently representing numerous victims in the ongoing Larry Nassar case.
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